Doctor Who And Comic Books

Fan drawing by user Gaugex from Deviant Art. 

Over the years Doctor Who has been compared to many things. Some say its more like a fairy tale, others see it as being like Sherlock Holmes, but personally I’d say that first and foremost Doctor Who is a comic book.

It has all of the same tropes and features of a comic book, and over the years I’d say that comic books as a whole have been among the biggest and most consistent influences on Doctor Who.

In this article I am going to run through all of the ways in which Doctor Who is like a comic book, the massive overlap between Doctor Who and comic book fans, the history of Doctor Who as a comic book, the ways they have inspired one another, and why they appeal to people in similar ways.

Similarities Between Doctor Who And Comic Books

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Fan drawing. Sadly I don’t know who it was that drew this originally, but whoever it was well done. It’s brilliant!

Now when I say comic books I obviously primarily mean American comic books, specifically DC and Marvel, though I will also be looking at some British comic books too, such as Dan Dare.

Overall the comic book style for want of a better term that Doctor Who follows was one that was really popularised by American comic books.

Comic books are obviously not a genre. They are a medium, but I do think at the same time there are some tropes that are more common at least to comic book stories than those from other mediums.

Comic books are a visual medium and unlike film, television or theatre there are really no limits to their visuals, except for the artists imagination. As a result everything in them tends to be a bit more exaggerated simply because it can. As a form of art, comic book illustrations almost lean towards caricature.

Male heroes like Batman and Superman for instance will often have the most square jaws, big bulging muscles, and ripped physique, whilst the female characters will similarly all be striking, statuesque beauties.

Of course its not just the drawings that are over the top. The stories are accordingly more extreme than in other mediums as again there are no limits.

Characters origin stories tend to be more melodramatic in comic books. Heroes can start from watching their parents die, to having their entire home planet being destroyed, to being the reason their uncle died tragically, to being a hero sculpted by the Gods themselves.

Similarly the hero is often a superhero. Wonder Woman can’t just be someone who is brave, and resourceful. She has to be someone who is stronger, faster, and better at everything than every person around her. Even Batman a character who doesn’t have any actual super powers is still a top athlete, a scientific genius and the worlds greatest detective rolled into one.

Comic books also often have to develop a rogues gallery for a particular hero for a number of reasons.

First and foremost every hero needs a memorable villain. However in other mediums having a rogues gallery can actually be quite detrimental.

Take for instance a book series like Sherlock Holmes or Harry Potter. There are only 7 books in the Harry Potter because it obviously takes more time and effort to write a book, and each new entry in a book series like Harry Potter is seen as a big deal when its released too.

You can’t really afford therefore to bring a villain back simply because you or even the audience want to see them again in a book series. Unless they are important to the story, the villain has to stay gone as you have so much less time to just mess about with supporting characters.

This is why Sherlock Holmes’ two most famous villains, Moriarty and Irene Adler were only used fleetingly in the original Sherlock Holmes series by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, with Moriarty being in a grand total of two Doyle stories, and Irene Adler only being in one.

Similarly in a film series, there is obviously only a limited amount of time to tell the stories you want, so again there isn’t really space to bring a villain back unless you need too.

Look at James Bond. James Bond’s villains are obviously as iconic as any other heroes. Everyone knows Oddjob, Blofeld, Jaws and Nik Nak. However only two of James Bonds many colourful enemies have actually appeared in more than one film. Blofeld and Jaws.

I wouldn’t really say that Bond has a rogues gallery as a result of this the same way that Batman does. Batman faces a multitude of villains like The Joker, the Riddler, The Penguin, Two Face, Catwoman, Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, Mr Freeze, Scarecrow even more minor characters like Lock Up, Clay Face and Killer Croc many times, whilst with Bond he usually apart from two exceptions, faces a villain and either defeats, or usually kills them in their first battle and then that’s that they aren’t even mentioned again.

In a television series meanwhile there is depending on the show often more time to reuse old characters, hence why television is the medium that features rogues galleries the most often after comic books.

Still even then tv shows can be limited in what villains they can bring back in a number of ways. For instance if the actor or actress who played the villain is unavailable or even if they have just grown tired of the role then their character obviously can not return.

Similarly there is a limited amount of time to tell a story even on tv, as obviously most television series have an ending in sight, and as most television series tend to focus on story arcs these days, then there is even less time to fit a villain or character in unless they are vital.

In comic books however the story goes on for decades with no end in sight (if its a big character like Batman, Superman, Spider-Man, Wonder Woman or even Dan Dare.)

Added to that they often churn out stories on a far more regular basis. In some instances such as with the Eagle or the old Batman newspaper strips there could be a new story every week!

So naturally not only is there more time to explore an individual villains story, but a recurring and popular villain can also be useful if the writers are on a tight schedule and need something to spice up a particular story.

Also recurring villains and characters can help to give a comic some much needed familiarity.

If a comic is a big mega hit like Batman, Superman, or even Dan Dare then it could go on for centuries! The same is not true for any other form of entertainment.

Sure someone else might come along and write their own Sherlock Holmes sequel novel after Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s death, and similarly a popular character that appears in dozens of films like James Bond can still continue to appear even after one particular film series has ended, via a reboot. But its not the same.

All of the unofficial sequel novels to Holmes are their own separate stories. There’s not one definitive canon for Sherlock Holmes after Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s books come to an end. Similarly all of the different film and tv versions of the great detective, from Basil Rathbone to Jeremy Brett are not connected to each other either. Indeed there are often multiple versions of Holmes on tv, film and the stage at any given time.

With a comic character like say Spider-Man however, it is actually the same story now that it was in the 1960’s. Sure there have been other versions of Spider-Man across other mediums, but the original versions official story is still going strong in the Amazing Spider-Man series.

This can end up being a double edged sword for the publishers when Spider-Man ultimately has to change.

All characters have to change to some extent, as the world changes around them, but because Spider-Man is the same character, then this can lead to fans having more of a problem with major changes. If Jeremy Brett’s Sherlock Holmes is nothing like Basil Rathbone’s or even the original novels meanwhile, fans or those versions won’t care as its ultimately not the same character they love.

Thus iconic recurring villains and other characters in general, as well even iconic symbols, gadgets and locations such as the Fortress of Solitude, the Batcave, the Batmobile, the Utility Belt, can often help to reassure longtime readers that its the same character and story that they are following, no matter how much it may have changed in the intervening years.

Now Doctor Who despite being a tv show shares many strong similarities to comic books.

To start with its very over the top. Even more so than most other science fiction television series.

Lets compare it to Star Trek. The aliens in Star Trek tend to be a bit more toned down, a bit more human, and more relatable.

The aliens in Doctor Who however are the most over the top creatures you can imagine. Look at the Daleks, the main monsters in Doctor Who.

The Daleks are slimy little mutants, housed in ridiculous looking robots, with electronic, screaming voices. They want to kill every single other life form in the entire universe as they were conditioned to by the deranged scientist Davros. They are utterly devoid of any compassion, pity, or remorse and will gun people down in cold blood without a seconds thought.

The Daleks are a far more extreme form of alien invader than anything in Star Trek or Babylon 5 or even Star Wars. All or most of the aliens in those franchises look human, and act in reasonably human ways, and at least have some redeeming features as well. The Daleks however really are the most extreme villains you can imagine.

Similarly look at the Cybermen compared to the Borg. Though both are similar ideas, (cybernetic races who convert organic life forms into members of their own kind.)

The Cybermen are somewhat more cartoony in that they have no physical human features left and are just gigantic, towering robots.

Similarly the TARDIS is also far more over the top than say the USS Enterprise or the Millennium Falcon. It has a surrealist twist to it the way its bigger on the inside than the outside.

Even the Doctor himself is also something of super hero. His intelligence is far beyond that of almost any other character you can name, even other super geniuses like Sherlock Holmes, Batman, Reed Richards etc.

The Doctor is someone who can speak over 1 billion languages, can rewire the most complex alien equipment in seconds, and can pilot a machine that is beyond even the most intelligent person’s comprehension.

Compare him to Spock who is still intelligent, but less cartoonish in that he doesn’t know absolutely everything.

However perhaps the greatest similarity between Doctor Who and comic books is that Doctor Who can run for decades.

There are two reasons for this. First of all the Doctors machine the TARDIS can travel anywhere in time and space allowing there to be no limit to the types of adventures the Doctor can go on.

Second the Doctor can change his appearance, allowing a different actor to play him.

The Doctor we are watching in 2017, as different as he may seem on the surface, is the same character people were watching in 1963, just as its the same Spider-Man we are reading now that people were reading in 1962.

As a result of this Doctor Who just like any long running comic book series, has a large rogues gallery, and iconic cast of supporting characters and objects like the TARDIS, sonic screwdriver all of which help to reassure people that its the same show.

Also what’s interesting is that the villains in Doctor Who can go on and on for decades too just like a comic book villain. None of the iconic Doctor Who villains are linked to any one actor. The Daleks, the Cybermen, the Ice Warriors, can all obviously be played by multiple actors, but even the individual villains like the Master, Davros, and the Rani can all be played by different actors too. The Master and the Rani are time lords so they can simply regenerate into a different actor, whilst Davros is a monster whose face is covered by a mask, and so therefore a different actor can simply wear the mask and become Davros.

The Doctors rogues gallery is so large that just as with many comic book heroes like Batman, Superman, Spider-Man, The Flash and Wonder Woman its hard to decide who the Doctors archenemy actually is.

You wont get this with literary heroes like Sherlock Holmes and Harry Potter. The original authors won’t have time to accumulate as many villains over just a few stories, so there will often only be one villain that will stand out as the heroes main enemy like Voldemort or Moriarty.

Any sequel novel by another writer, or film or tv adaptation will either have to feature this villain, or at least pay lip service to them. Even if they do decide to introduce a new villain, then that character will never usurp the classic archenemy of the hero. No enemy of Sherlock Holmes introduced in the non Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stories has rivalled Moriarty, whilst when Harry Potter falls into public domain decades from now and other writers take a crack at it. Its doubtful that anyone will come up with an archenemy for Harry that could possibly rival Voldemort.

Similarly with tv heroes as they have a shorter run, and are not always able to bring any villain they want back, then they tend to settle on one villain as the main one, or might not even establish an archenemy for the hero. Buffy for instance though having a large and exciting collection of villains never really had any kind of archenemy.

With the Doctor, Batman, Superman, and Spider-Man however there are so many to choose from, that I’d say it goes like this.

They all had one villain who was introduced early in their careers who became their archenemy, simply because that villain was so beloved by the public, and obviously such an effective villain overall.

The Joker in Batman’s case, Lex Luthor in Superman’s, The Green Goblin in Spider-Mans and of course the Daleks in the Doctors. None of these villains are what you would call traditional archenemies. For instance Bats and Clowns aren’t a thing people have tended to put together, neither are Spiders and Goblins, but it doesn’t matter because the likes of the Joker and the Green Goblin and the Daleks are such brilliant characters.

Often these villains due to their popularity will be used in the biggest story lines and be made responsible for the greatest tragedies in the heroes life which just further cements their archenemy status.

For instance in the comics the Joker killed the second Robin Jason Todd and crippled Barbara Gordon. In the 1989 movie meanwhile the villain was also revealed to be responsible for the death of Bruce Wayne’s parents, whilst in The Dark Knight, the Ledger Joker not only created Two Face, but murdered the love of Bruce Wayne’s life Rachel Dawes.

The many ways in which the Joker has made Batman more broody over the decades and mediums.

The Green Goblin meanwhile famously murdered Spider-Man’s girlfriend, Gwen Stacy.

Finally the Daleks in New Who are responsible for just about every tragedy in the Doctors life. They were responsible for the destruction of his home planet Gallifrey (before it was undone in the 50th.) They were also responsible for the departure of his companions Rose and Donna Noble under tragic circumstances, and they have also been responsible for the deaths of more Doctors than any other villain.

Naturally all of these villains become the most important to the hero as well as the audience.

At the same time however there was another villain in all cases introduced fairly early on who many fans considered to be the heroes archenemy, and who was a villain that the general public would recognise just as much, but was never really made as prominent in the same way.

In Batman’s case this is the Penguin, in Superman’s case this is Brainiac, in Spider-Man’s this is Doc Ock, in the Doctors this is the Cybermen.

Sometimes this villain can be made more prominent in later adaptations. Maybe the author of that particular adaptation will prefer them and be sick of the likes of the Joker, the Goblin and the Daleks constantly hogging the spotlight, or maybe the producer might want a change, but still want a villain that the public will recognise to sell their version.

Examples of this include the tv series Gotham, which makes the Penguin the main character, the Peter Capaldi era of Doctor Who which gives the Cybermen far greater prominence than any other era of New Who (and even has the monsters be the enemy who finally kills the Doctor though not for good obviously.) And finally Spider-Man the animated series which makes Doc Ock Spidey’s most recurring foe.

Many years later however there is yet another contender for the archenemy title. This character in all three cases is more of a classical nemesis to the hero, IE someone who is like them, but has obviously gone down a very different path.

In Batman’s case this is Ra’s Al Ghul. Ghul just like Batman wants to rid the world of crime and corruption, but he intends to do that by destroying all of civilisation and then rebuilding it from the ground up. Ghul is also a great detective, scientist and highly skilled fighter like Batman too.

In Superman’s case it is Darkseid. Darkseid is like Superman, a God like alien with nearly limitless power, but where as Superman believes in truth and justice, Darkseid seeks to cause chaos and misery across the entire universe as he feeds on fear.

In Spider-Man’s case this is Venom. Venom has all of the same powers and abilities as Spider-Man, and he even believes in protecting innocents too. Ultimately however Venom is consumed with hatred and is prepared to sacrifice innocents for his own selfish desires.

In the Doctors case this is the Master. The Master just like the Doctor is a time lord. He too defied the society of the Time Lords, but where as the Doctor is compassionate and uses his great intellect to help those in need, the Master is a power hungry sociopath.

These villains usually physically resemble an evil version of the main hero too. Ra’s Al Ghul has a long flowing cape like Batman, the Master has his own TARDIS like the Doctor, except it is black on the inside (whilst the Doctors was always white in Classic Who) whilst Venom resembles an evil Spider-Man.

As this villain is like a dark mirror of the main hero, they are often the most dangerous, as they can do anything they can only better!

Finally all 4 heroes have another archenemy who emerged later and became so prominent simply because they were the most evil and destructive of all the heroes enemies.

In Batman’s case this is Bane. Bane fucked with Batman more than any other villain. He figured out his identity on his own, easily pummelled the caped crusader and eventually put him in a wheelchair.

In Superman’s case this is Doomsday a villain who managed to actually kill the man of steel (he got better.)

In Spider-Man’s this is Carnage, Venom’s twisted son who actually forced Spider-Man and Venom to team up to bring him down.

Finally in the Doctors case this would be Davros, the evil creator of the Daleks who is more twisted than even the Master and in the 2008 story The Stolen Earth/Journey’s End actually tried to destroy every universe.

In addition to this different enemies are more prominent during certain periods of Doctor Who and long running comic book characters like Batman and Spider-Man’s existence too.

Take Batman for instance. In the 30’s-40’s The Joker and the Penquin are unquestionably Batman’s main enemies. In the 70’s however it is Ra’s Al Ghul. In the 90’s however its Bane. Also in terms of adaptations I see it like this.

In the Adam West series its the Joker, Penguin, The Riddler and Catwoman who are Batman’s most prominent villains. Of all 4 the Penguin and Catwoman are actually the two most prominent. The Penguin appears the most, whilst Catwoman is obviously the most famous and has the greater personal link with Batman.

In the DCAU the Joker and Ra’s Al Ghul are obviously Batman’s two archenemies (the Joker is more prominent,, recurring and personal, but Ghul is more dangerous). Catwoman and The Penguin aren’t really important at all in this continuity, whilst the Riddler is a very, very minor villain. Two Face is also more prominent in Batman TAS, though not in other DCAU adaptations

In the Burton film series its once again the Joker who is Batman’s archenemy (as he murdered his parents.)

In the Nolan film series it is Ra’s Al Ghul, Bane and of course The Joker. Ghul is the grand mastermind behind the League of Assassins, and responsible for the creation of most of the other villains in the series like the Scarecrow, Talia and Bane. The Joker however inflicts the worst tragedy on Batman, the murder of Rachel, whilst Bane is the most dangerous and much like his comic book counterpart brings the caped crusader to his knees.

Finally in Gotham the Penguin, the Riddler and Doctor Hugo Strange are the most prominent villains.

In The Flash’s case meanwhile in the 1990’s series The Trickster played by Mark Hamill was The Flash’s archenemy, whilst in the DCAU it was Gorilla Grodd and Shade. Finally in the 2010’s series, the Flash’s archenemy is Eobard Thawne.

With Wonder Woman on the other hand Ares was her archenemy during the 30’s and the 40’s but he was later replaced during the 60’s by Cheetah, who was in turn replaced by Circe in the 90’s.

With Spider-Man, the Green Goblin and Doc Ock were obviously the wall crawlers main enemies in the 60’s, whilst in the 70’s it was the Kingpin, and in the 80’s through to the 90’s it was Venom and later Carnage.

In Doctor Who’s case it seems to be a different archenemy for every Doctor.

With the First Doctor its the Daleks, who are the most recurring enemies in his era, cause the deaths of two of his companions and also cause him to develop as a character more than any other enemy.

With the Second Doctor it is the Cybermen (who appeared the most) and the Great Intelligence.

With the Third Doctor it is the Master and the Daleks, who are his two most recurring enemies and just about the only villains the normally extremely moral Third Doctor takes a pleasure in killing (or attempting to kill!)

With the Fourth Doctor meanwhile it is obviously Davros, The Black Guardian (who is the main villain of the Key to Time season) and the Master who finally kills him off.

With the Fifth Doctor it is the Cybermen (who caused the death of his companion Adric), the Master (his most recurring enemy) and the Black Guardian once again.

With the Sixth Doctor on television it was the Valeyard and Sil, whilst in audios it is Davros.

With the Seventh it is Fenric on tv and the Timewyrm in spin off material.

With the Eighth Doctor it is the Master and the Daleks.

War obviously its the Daleks and Rassilon.

With the Ninth Doctor its the Daleks.

With the Tenth it is the Daleks and the Harold Saxon Master.

With the Eleventh Doctor it is the Daleks (who are his most recurring enemies, cause his regeneration, and are technically responsible for everything that happened to him as they are the ones who kick off the war on Trenzalore), the Silence, the Weeping Angels (who cost him Amy and Rory) and The Great Intelligence.

Finally with the Twelfth Doctor it is the Cybermen ( who are among his most recurring enemies both on tv and in spin off material, convert his companion Bill, and ultimately cause his death) Missy and Rassilon.

Personally I think its more interesting to give the hero multiple choices for their archenemy.

It can certainly allow for more variation among different adaptations. With Sherlock Holmes for instance you always know that Moriarty is going to be Holmes main villain.. Unless its just a one off version of course, but if its a film or tv series, then you know Moriarty is going to have be the main villain. Sure they can change Moriarty about a bit, but ultimately you know no villain will truly match him in terms of importance.

With comic book heroes and Doctor Who however its interesting watching how in some versions a villain can be the main rival of the hero, whilst in others they might not even appear! You absolutely can not predict which of a hero like Batman, The Flash or the Doctors iconic villains, never mind archenemies is going to be the most important in a particular adaptation or era.

The Penguin for instance is the main character overall almost in Gotham, yet he isn’t even in the Nolan movies.

Similarly look at the Flash. Eobard Thawne, the Flash’s archenemy in the 2010’s series is not in either the DCAU or the 90’s Flash series, whilst the Trickster his archfoe in the 90’s series is a completely harmless frenemy in the DCAU and a very minor villain in the 2010’s series.

You couldn’t get two more different villains than Thawne or the Trickster, and you can see how as a result both versions of the Flash couldn’t be more different either. 

Finally in Doctor Who itself when you watch the Second Doctors era then the Cybermen are the biggest threat to the Doctor, whilst if you watch the Third Doctors era they don’t even appear!

Similarly when you watch the William Hartnell era its hard to imagine the Doctor having any major enemy other than the Daleks, but when you watch the Davison era then they are nothing. They only appear in one story right at the very end and have 0 impact on any major storylines involving 5.

With all of this in mind, I don’t think you can say that any other television series quite follows the comic book formula quite as much as Doctor Who.

Star Trek for instance though a long runner isn’t really the same as Doctor Who and Spider-Man, as all of the different Star Treks are ultimately different series with different characters, actors etc.

Added to that Star Trek whilst having many iconic aspects such as the Enterprise, and iconic alien races like the Klingons, doesn’t really have a rogues gallery in the way that Doctor Who and comic books do.

In the original series there were actually only two recurring alien races, the Klingons and the Romulans, whilst in later series the Klingons, and other races like the Cardassians, and the Borg felt more like other actual races, rather than simply “Captain Picard’s enemies”.

They don’t shout “YOU ARE THE ENEMY OF THE KLINGONS!” whenever they encountered Picard for instance. They were treated as simply another race that he and humanity had to try and find a way to peacefully co-exist with.

Other series meanwhile like Buffy and Xena, though undoubtedly drawing from comic books as their main source of inspiration; are still limited by the natural constrictions of television. They have a limited time to tell a story, they have to end when their leading actors get too old to do an action series, or simply don’t want to appear anymore. Take for instance Callisto, Xena’s archenemy who was written out of the show when her actress Hudson Leick stopped wanting to play her, and then compare her to the Master who was still able to appear after his original actor Roger Delgado was tragically killed.

Doctor Who I think is the only television series that can be said to follow pretty much the entire comic book formula from everything being exaggerated, to the fact that it can run indefinitely as the same canon as it isn’t dependent on its cast, to finally its large set of iconic villains and supporting characters that will always reappear in order to reassure viewers and long term fans that it is still the same story they are following.

Fan Overlap

Not surprisingly there seems to be quite a large overlap between Doctor Who fans and comic book geeks.

One of the most famous examples is Ian Levine. For those of you who aren’t familiar with him, Levine is a famous and influential record producer from the 70’s and 80’s. Whilst a respected and prominent figure in Northern Soul (with his record sales totalling over 40 million.) Levine is still better known in some circles for his life long love of Doctor Who and DC Comics.

Levine played an important role in stopping the BBC from destroying old Doctor Who tapes in the 1970’s. Throughout the 70’s the BBC destroyed many old tapes from all of their most popular television series. This was before the advent of home video and DVD, and there were only two channels back then as well, so even repeat showings were a rarity.

As a result old recordings were destroyed to make way for new tapes and sadly many Doctor Who stories were lost this way. Levine however played a big part in getting the BBC to stop junking old programmes altogether and even personally saved many Doctor Who stories from destruction, including the very first Dalek adventure.

Levine would also find many other lost Doctor Who stories overseas in the ensuing decades.

Ian Levine also served as the shows unofficial continuity adviser during most of the 80’s as well and even supplied clips from old episodes to producer John Nathan Turner.

As for DC comics, well Levine has possibly the only complete collection of DC Comics in the world with Levine owning at least one copy of each DC Comic book sold at retail from the 1930’s to present.

Levine also played a key role in helping DC celebrate their 75th anniversary. His collection served as the basis for the massive 75th anniversary book.

DC Marks 75 Anniversary With Huge Tome

Despite the many good things he has done for Doctor Who and DC Comics, Levine is a very controversial figure among both fandoms (and not just because he produced the awful Doctor in Distress single in the 80’s.)

By his own admission he can be a somewhat prickly individual, and has had major feuds with many prominent members of both fandoms. His most recent controversy was when he openly declared that he wouldn’t watch Doctor Who anymore due to the casting of Jodie Whitaker as the 13th Doctor.

I’m actually one hundred percent with Ian here.

Still regardless of whatever you may think of Ian it cannot be denied that without him a huge chunk of Doctor Who history would be lost forever and thus all fans owe him a debt of gratitude.

You also got to respect that collection too.

Another influential figure in both fandoms is Paul Cornell. Now its no secret that I am not too keen on Paul Cornell’s contributions to Doctor Who. I did not like either of the stories he wrote for tv. Still it doesn’t matter what I think as both of those stories are very popular and Paul regardless of whatever else you may think of him did play an important role in keeping the show afloat during the wilderness years.

Cornell has also become a celebrated writer for Action Comics too, though he has written for various other characters over the years from Wolverine, to Captain Britain, to Vampirella.

Russell T Davies, the man who revived Doctor Who in 2005 was a big comic book fan as well. He even named the iconic Doctor Who character Captain Jack Harkness after the Marvel character Agatha Harkness.

David Tennant meanwhile who most famously played the Tenth Doctor for 4 years is also a huge fan of comic books too (and obviously was a Doctor Who fan growing up.)

From One David Tennant Fan To Another

Finally Grant Morrison is another major figure in both fandoms. Grant Morrison is definitely more famous for his contributions to DC and Marvel comics, but he actually began his career writing Doctor Who comic books as well.

Doctor Who and Marvel and DC comic books appeal to people in similar ways. There’s the colourful rogues gallery, charismatic hero who can do anything, decades worth of stories, and rich, full universes full of strange creatures.

Specific Examples of Comic Books Influence on Doctor Who

60’s Who/ The Dan Dare Years

Main Article The Roots of Doctor Who 7/ Dan Dare

Now I have written extensively about Dan Dare’s influence on Doctor Who before, so I won’t go into too much detail here.

However at the same time I can’t not mention how Dan Dare helped to shape the time lords adventures when talking about comic book influences on the show.

I’d say that Dan Dare was the main influence on Doctor Who throughout the 60’s. Many of its key writers during that decade were big fans of Dan Dare, including Terry Nation the creator of the Daleks, and Kit Pedler the co-creator of the Cybermen.

Dan Dare for those of you who are unfamiliar with it, was a British comic book series that initially ran from the early 50’s right the way through to the late 60’s, though there have been many revivals since. During its heyday, it was the most popular comic in Britain, regularly outselling any American comics like Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman.

It was set in the then future of the 90’s which was depicted as a golden age where all the nations of the earth now lived together in peace, the technology was incredibly advanced, and mankind had begun to explore space. The main character was obviously Space pilot Dan Dare, whose main enemy was the evil Mekon, former ruler of Venus.

Terry Nations first two Dalek stories are similar to two Dan Dare adventures, Voyage to Venus and The Reign of the Robots. Voyage to Venus and the first Dalek story both revolve around a war between a race of ruthless, xenophobic monsters who live in a cold metallic city, surrounded by a lake of monsters, (the Daleks and the Treens) and a race of blonde haired pacifistic humanoids who don’t want to fight due to memories of a previous conflict, but are ultimately convinced to by the main hero.

Reign of the Robots and The Dalek Invasion of Earth meanwhile both see the main heroes return to earth after a long absence only to discover that the Treens and the Daleks have conquered it and wiped out most of humanity. Both stories also feature the Daleks and the Treens using robot servants to help rule humanity, which Dan and the Doctor are able to turn on the Daleks and the Treens at the end.

The Tenth Planet, the first story to ever feature the Cybermen, also follows a similar plot to the second Dan Dare adventure, The Red Moon Mystery. Both feature a planet that falls out of its orbit, and later becomes a kind of giant spaceship. Its inhabitants also become hideous monsters, who are forced to conquer other races in order to survive

The Daleks and the Cybermen were closely inspired by the Treens too. The Daleks and the Treens were both cold and logical monsters who sought to conquer other races in the universe. Both were based on the Nazis, with The Dalek Invasion of Earth and The Reign of the Robots both representing a what if the Nazis had won the war scenario too.

The Cybermen meanwhile and the Treens both lose their planet in their first story. Mondas the Cybermen’s home planet is destroyed, whilst the Treens are merely driven off of Venus by the Therons and humanity. Still all of their subsequent stories portray them as desperate and show them trying to reclaim their former power and influence.

The Mekon, the leader of the Treens and Dan Dare’s archenemy also inspired a number of villains in Doctor Who.

First and foremost, Davros the evil creator of the Daleks was inspired by the Mekon in terms of personality and design. Both Terry Nation and Philip Hinchcliff, the producer of Genesis of the Daleks admitted to this.

Davros also fulfilled a similar role to the Daleks and the Doctor as the Mekon did to the Treens and Dan Dare. The Daleks and the Treens are all basically drones who think the same. Thus Davros and the Mekon were designed to give the main hero a single adversary that they could interact with in a one on one basis.

Both Davros and the Mekon would also later attempt to destroy the Treens and the Daleks so that they could build in a new super race of Daleks and Treens, as seen in the stories All Treens Must Die and Resurrection, Revelation and Remembrance of the Daleks.

The Cybermen would also gain a Mekon like figure in the Cyber controller. The Cyber Controller was originally intended to be a small, withered creature with an enlarged braincase like the Mekon. They even intended for the Controller to fly as well. Sadly however the budget would not allow for it and so the Cyber Controller merely had an enlarged brain which still came from the Mekon.

The Ice Warriors leader, the Ice Lord, first appearing in The Seeds of Death was also inspired by the Mekon visually. Like the Mekon he had green skin, was weaker physically than his servants, but had an enlarged brain.

There were also a number of more minor aliens whose look at least was inspired by the Mekon too including Sixth Doctor adversary Sil, and the Moxx of Balhoon.

You can definitely see how all of these guys are just kind of variations on the Mekon’s look.

Dan Dare and Doctor Who together shaped popular sci fi in the United Kingdom and though Dan Dare has sadly fallen from mainstream attention, there is still quite a lot of overlap between Classic Who fans and Dan Dare fans (particularly the original Frank Hampson era Dan.)

70’s Era Who/ DC and Marvel Comics Take Hold

The Jon Pertwee era borrowed a bit from DC and Marvel comics. It makes sense in a way. During the 60’s Doctor Who was all about exploring other planets, so many of the writers of the show would naturally turn to Dan Dare for inspiration.

During the early part of the 70’s however, the Doctor was exiled to earth and so I think we see the writers of the show, start to turn to old American comics about earth bound heroes (among other things) like Batman, Superman and the Fantastic Four instead.

Over the years the Third Doctor has been compared to many characters from James Bond, to Bernard Quatermass, to Sherlock Holmes to Jason King, yet surprisingly hardly, if ever Batman.

Now to be fair there are elements of all those characters in the Third Doctor. The great thing about the Third Doctors era is that its just pure escapism. Terrance Dicks and Barry Letts, the script editor and producer respectively combined elements from so many great adventure stories together, from old Errol Flynn movies to Star Trek episodes, to Sherlock Holmes stories, to make what was one of the best era’s of Doctor Who in my opinion.

Still there is definitely a bit of American comic books in there too which sadly is almost never commented on.

The Third Doctor is kind of like Batman in a number of ways. He is a big dashing hero in a cape, who uses gadgets, is a great scientific genius, yet also an incredibly skilled hand to hand combatant too.

His relationship with Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge Stewart is also very similar to that between Batman and Commissioner Gordon. The Brig and Gordon are both figures of authority who though competent at their jobs are sadly not able to deal with the more colourful and crazy villains they regularly face. So they often call in their somewhat unusual friend in a big cape who technically operates outside the law to help deal with them.

The Brig and Gordon also have ways of summoning the Doctor and Batman when they need them too, the Bat signal, and the space time telegraph respectively.

The Doctor during his time with UNIT also has two trademark special cars like Batman’s famous Batmobile (one of which was actually called the Whomobile.)

Not quite as iconic as the Batmobile, but it served Jon Pertwee well.

Also more importantly the Doctors archenemy introduced during this period, The Master is really an amalgamation of comic book villains.

The initial inspiration for the Master was Moriarty, but I think that when shaping the character, Terrance Dicks and Barry Letts actually drew more from comic book villains instead.

You can draw quite strong comparisons between the Master and many of the most iconic Marvel and DC comic book villains like the Joker, Lex Luthor and Doctor Doom.

The Master much like the Joker is a villain whose real name and identity we don’t know.. They both simply go by an alias, and their origins even after all of this time, are still shrouded in mystery.

Both also have a gruesome way of killing their victims which serves as a calling card, letting the hero know they are in town.

In the Jokers case this is smilex, a lethal form of laughing gas which causes its victims to laugh themselves to death, and leaves their corpses with a hideous grin similar to his own.

In the Masters its his tissue compression eliminator which shrinks his victims.

The Master much like the Joker is also a master of disguise too. Many old Joker stories including his first appearance will feature the villain wearing a disguise that seemingly makes him look like a totally different person, but it will later be revealed to simply be a latex mask and wig leaving you to wonder how Batman didn’t know it was him.

Similarly the Master during the Delgado years would often wear a disguise so perfect that another actor would actually play the role whilst he was in that disguise, but when he revealed himself, Roger Delgado would just pull a crappy latex mask off.

The Master also much like the Joker is utterly obsessed with not just destroying the Doctor but in proving that he is superior in every way. In the story called the Mind of Evil the Masters is exposed to a machine that reveals his true fear, which is revealed to be a giant Doctor laughing at him relentlessly. This is also replicated in Trial of a Time Lord where an evil version of the Doctor is created called the Valeyard who taunts the Master, calling him a second rate adversary and even outright laughs in his face, all of which deeply disturbs the Master.

The Joker meanwhile has been shown to be deeply insecure whenever Batman taunts him. Its even hinted that the reason he is so fixated on Batman is because Batman is utterly humourless and therefore in his twisted mind won’t “upstage him”.

The best example of this is in the classic animated movie Batman Beyond Return of the Joker, where the second Batman Terry McGuiness battles a resurrected Joker 50 years on. This Batman unlike the original outright mocks the villain to his face and laughs at him and the Joker even by his standards completely loses it!

The Master and the Joker are the classic examples of being able to dish it out, but not take it. 

Whilst the Master does bare many similarities to the Joker, at the same time there are also shades of both Lex Luthor and Doctor Doom in his characterisation too.

During the Delgado era the Masters main aim was to rule the galaxy because he believed, genuinely that under his rule he could make it a better place. He believed that he could advance societies like earth, protect them alien threats and help them achieve their true potential.

Of course none of this was motivated by genuine altruism, just simply his own ego.

Lex Luthor and Doctor Doom similarly are great geniuses who believe that when they rule the earth it will be a better place. In Doctor Dooms case he is actually right in some ways as the few alternate, what if scenario’s that do show him successfully rule the world, actually depict him as being capable of solving many of its problems such as hunger, disease, crime, and poverty, albeit at the expense of its people’s freedom.

Take a look at these quotes from The Master and Doctor Doom that both show the villains have essentially the same goal (with the Masters usually merely being on a grander scale.)

MASTER: Doctor, why don’t you come in with me? We’re both Time Lords, we’re both renegades. We could be masters of the galaxy! Think of it, Doctor, absolute power! Power for good. Why, you could reign benevolently, you could end wars, suffering, disease. We could save the universe. 

Doctor Doom: I now possess the power to end hunger, to abolish disease, to eliminate crime, to establish a perfectly content, perfectly ordered world. All under the benevolence of MY IRON WILL!

Much like Lex Luthor and Doom the Master is also a charming, affable, gentlemanly, cultured villain on the surface, but will erupt into fits of psychotic rage when his plans are foiled.

The Master also much like Lex Luthor often makes dodgy alliances with villains and aliens much more powerful than he is, which will almost always end with one of them double crossing the other.

This can be both a strength and a drawback to the two villains however. Sometimes it can make them look a bit stupid the way they team up with villains who are obviously going to stab them in the back. At other times however the reverse is true and we can see just how devious and cunning the two villains are the way they are able to manipulate and turn the tables on villains so much more powerful than they are.

The Master is also established as having been the Doctors friend when the two were growing up. The idea of the villain having once been the heroes friend is a very popular trope in comic books.

Lex Luthor and Superman were established as having been friends when they were younger very early in their development. This would later resurface most famously in Smallville which revolved almost entirely around Lex and Clark’s friendship slowly breaking down as they go down different paths.

Doctor Doom and Reed Richards were also shown to be close friends during their days at University before they became the bitterest of enemies.

Batman and Two Face are another classic example of this. Harvey Dent was once Bruce’s best friend for many years, but sadly after Harvey’s accident drove him insane he became one of Batman’s deadliest enemies, Two Face.

Harry Osborne who later becomes the second Green Goblin also is initially Peter Parkers best friend too.

Even Sabretooth and Wolverine were once friends before their bitter rivalry, and then of course there is Magneto and Professor X, probably the most famous example of the villain and the hero having once been friends.

The Master and the Doctors relationship I’d say is the most comparable to Doctor Doom and Reed Richards during Delgado’s time.

The two were friends because they viewed the other as their intellectual equal and enjoyed exchanging ideas with the other. Both also in their own way want to help other people, but its ultimately their approach that turns them into the bitterest of enemies.

Doom and the Master believe that in order to make a difference they need to rule. The Doctor and Richards meanwhile believe in simply offering their help to people, but do not wish to force their way of life on anyone.

The Master and Doom are happy to sacrifice any number of innocent lives meanwhile for the sake of their greater good, and as time goes on this just leads to them becoming more corrupt and ironically viewing all life as expendable.

The Doctor and Richards in contrast come to view all life as being precious (though to be fair the Doctor is more willing to kill his enemies.)

The Master and Doom also grow to develop a petty obsession with proving their superiority to the Doctor and Reed Richards, the only person that ever truly challenged their intellect. Naturally the more times they are foiled, the more their hatred grows until eventually they lose all traces of their former friendship with the Doctor and Reed Richards.

Of course at the same time whilst Reed and the Doctor always manage to prevent the Master and Doom from taking over the world, they are never able to truly defeat them either. Doom and the Master are among the very few villains who never receive any kind of punishment for their crimes. At least the likes of the Joker and Doc Ock go to prison (for all the good it does.)

The Master apart from one instance is always free to roam the universe causing more havoc, whilst Doom still remains the head of Latveria.

Thus Doom and Richards, and the Doctor and the Master are locked in a horrible never ending cycle, ironically for the same reason that they were initially friends. They are each others intellectual equals, and so initially they bonded as they believed the other was the only other person on their wavelength, but now that they have become enemies they will never be able to overcome the other.

Later versions of the Master would expand on he and the Doctors friendship to the point where it would bare more similarities to other characters. For instance later episodes established that they were actually childhood friends like Superman and Lex Luthor. Also in the Tenth Doctors era, his relationship with the Master actually resembles Batman and Two Face and Peter Parker and Harry Osborne more.

Here the Master is re-imagined as a total psychopath who was driven mad by a constant drumming in his head, and the Doctor just like Batman and Spider-Man in their dealings with Two Face and Harry wants to try and cure his former friend, knowing that deep down he isn’t really evil, just damaged.

Still during the Delgado era, then the Master and the Doctor definitely have more of a Reed Richards and Doctor Doom dynamic than anything else and this would continue to throughout pretty much all of the Classic era.

Doctor Doom can also be seen as a possible influence on the next incarnation of the Master after Roger Delgado as well. Visually both are hideously disfigured, hooded villains.

The Master is really just every great comic book villain, the Joker, Lex Luthor, Harry Osborne and Doctor Doom all rolled into one which is what undoubtedly helped to make him such as instant fan favourite along with of course Roger Delgado’s stellar performance.

(Its also worth noting that the Masters weapon, the Keller Machine in The Mind of Evil is exactly like the Scarecrow from Batman’s fear gas in that it kills its victims by making them experience hallucinations of their worst fears.)

Another major character from 70’s era Doctor Who that has their roots in American comic books is arguably the most popular of all the Doctors companions. Sarah Jane Smith.

The biggest inspiration on Sarah (by her creators Terrance Dicks and Barry Letts own admission) was Superman’s love interest Lois Lane. Sarah was a feisty investigative journalist just like Lois who often got herself into trouble.

Physically Sarah resembled Lois too. She dressed in a similar fashion, her hair was also in a bob cut, which Lois was famous for having too at that time.

Throughout the Fourth Doctor, Tom Bakers era, Sarah Jane’s Lois Lane characteristics were slowly phased out, but they would make a return in her own spin off, the Sarah Jane adventures in the late 00’s, early 10’s.

Overall I think the comic book influence began to fade during Tom’s time. Though there were still a few notable examples.

As I have already mentioned Davros was inspired by the Mekon, and in the classic story The Seeds of Doom the main antagonist Harrison Chase was completely inspired by the Batman villain Poison Ivy.

Poison Ivy is one of Batman’s most iconic enemies. She loves plants and is happy to sacrifice any number of innocent people to protect them. In some stories she even attempts to wipe humanity out to protect all plant life, or convert humanity in plant creatures. She also later becomes a plant human hybrid too.

Harrison Chase meanwhile similarly prefers plants to people (at one point he is shown to grind up a helpless UNIT soldier and then feeds his remains to his plants. )

He also plans to aid a group of alien plant monsters called the Krynoids take over the earth and later becomes converted by them too just like Poison Ivy.

The Krynoids visually are not too dissimilar from the giant plant monsters that Poison Ivy regularly keeps as pets as well.

Its just such a shame that Harrison Chase and Poison Ivy were never able to meet. He’d have been her perfect man!

Whilst there were a few comic book influences throughout the Hinchcliff/Holmes era, ultimately throughout the later part of the 70’s I think horror movies, old myths and legends, and Sherlock Holmes stories began to play a greater role in helping to shape the Fourth Doctors era and character.

Russell T Davies Era/ Doctor Who Does Marvel

When Doctor Who was revived in 2005 by Russell T Davies, the show began to draw more from American sci fi and fantasy than ever before.

Whilst there had always been examples of the original Star Trek series and as we have seen Marvel and DC comics influence on 70’s Doctor Who, ultimately most of the influences on Doctor Who were British forms of entertainment from Dan Dare to James Bond, to British Horror Films, to Sherlock Holmes, to Quatermass.

When RTD took over the show however he tended to draw more from American series like Buffy, Xena, Smallville and Charmed. As a result of this Doctor Who in some ways came to resemble an American sci fi or fantasy series more in Christopher Eccelston and David Tennant’s time with its story arcs, focus on the characters relationships, flashy effects and season long antagonists.

Once again comic books as well as some of their most famous adaptations would be among the influences Davies and other writers of the 21st century Doctor Who would draw from. Arguably to an even greater extent than Barry Letts and Terrance Dicks.

I think that Russell T Davies was definitely more of a Marvel guy than a DC guy. There are some examples of DC comics influence in his time sure, but overall I find that it owes more to Marvel.

Russell T Davies had actually set out to be a cartoonist first, but sadly the fact that he was colour blind meant that he was forced to abandon these ambitions.

The character of Captain Jack Harkness was named after Marvel character Agatha Harkness, by Davies own admission, but the parallels obviously run deeper than that.

The main storyline throughout the Tenth Doctors era is really the Cult of Skaro arc. Not only does it span seasons 2 to 4, but it also is responsible for most of the big developments in 10’s character such as the loss of Rose, meeting Donna, losing Donna etc.

Now the Cult of Skaro story arc bares some strong similarities to the Madame Web arc which runs throughout most of John Sempers excellent 90’s Spider-Man animated series.

Both revolve initially around the misuse of technology that can allow travel between universes.

In both instances the heroes deadliest enemies, Venom, Carnage, the Green Goblin and the Daleks and the Cybermen, are all lost through portals leading to another universe, but unfortunately so is the heroes one true love, Mary Jane and Rose Tyler.

Two seasons later meanwhile one of the villains lost through a portal to another universe returns (the Daleks and the Carnage symbiote which bonds to an alternate version of Peter Parker who becomes Spider-Carnage) and creates a super weapon that can destroy every single universe.

The weapon is activated and all universes are destroyed, but a few people are able to travel backwards in time just before the blast hits their universe, Rose Tyler, Mickey Smith, and Jackie Tyler in Doctor Who’s case, Madame Web and the Beyonder in Spidey’s.

These people try and warn the main hero, Spider-Man and the Doctor about the impending destruction of all universes. In both cases this is a story arc that runs through multiple episodes.

We see Rose Tyler pop up throughout series 4 trying to find and warn the Doctor of the death of every universe, whilst Madame Web starts appearing to Spider-Man warning him of a great battle for every universe.

Multiple versions of the hero are also needed to stop this crisis, the Doctor, his clone, Donna who gains his powers, and the alternate versions of Spider-Man.

Both stories also see an ordinary, seemingly unimportant person ironically play the key role in stopping the great danger to all universes more so than the hero. Uncle Ben who gets through to Spider-Carnage in Spider-Man’s case and obviously Donna Noble in the Doctors.

Also finally in both cases the next story (or planned story) sees the hero travel backwards to Victorian England to battle an old enemy who travelled backwards in time after being lost through a portal to another universe.

In Doctor Who’s case this is the Cybermen who were sucked through the portal to another universe two years earlier in the story Doomsday. In Spider-Man’s case meanwhile John Semper Jr revealed that he intended to have the 6th season of Spider-Man open with Madame Web taking Spider-Man to Victorian England where he would discover that Mary Jane and the real Carnage had both ended up there after falling through the portal to another universe two years ago, with Carnage being revealed to be the real Jack the Ripper. (It can be assumed with this in mind that the Carnage symbiote who bonded to Peter Parker was therefore an alternate universe version.)

Sadly Semper’s storyline was never realised, but in a way it was through the Next Doctor, as both ultimately revolve around a hero who has just saved every universe travelling to Victorian England to fight another old enemy that they had previously sent hurling into another universe two series earlier, who is creeping about in the dark picking people off.

Of course this is not to say that Davies ripped off Spider-Man tas. Ultimately the Reality Bomb story arc does stand up as its own story, (and its one of my absolute favourite story arcs in anything. I love the way RTD is able to weave so many different strands together for the finale, from Tennant losing his hand, to Mr Copper being left on earth, to Jack being made an immortal.)

Still you can see how RTD a noted Marvel fan obviously had Semper’s classic adaptation of Spider-Man in mind when writing Doctor Who.

Whilst Marvel might have been the main influence on Davies era Who, his version of the Master I do think did draw inspiration primarily from the DC villain the Joker.

The Simm version of the Master was rewritten to be a complete cackling psychopath like the Joker. Take a look at this moment where he gasses a group of people for no reason other than kicks, and tell me you couldn’t imagine the Joker here?

Whilst there were similarities between the Master and the Joker from day one, as you can see Davies went one step further and made the character almost completely the same.

The Simm Master also much like the Joker is someone who went mad because of one bad day.

In the Jokers case he went insane (allegedly) when his pregnant wife Jeannie was killed in an accident, and he then fell into a vat of chemicals during a botched robbery of a chemical plant, with the chemicals bleaching his skin white and deforming him into having a clown like appearance.

The Master meanwhile was driven mad when he was forced to stare into the vortex as a young boy. From that day on he heard a constant drumming in his head. (It was later revealed that the Time Lord President Rassilon implanted a signal into his head to help him escape, which took the form of the drumming in his head.)

Both of the Davies era Master stories also take inspiration from two major Joker storylines.

In Emperor Joker the villain gains cosmic powers which he uses to rule the universe. He naturally tortures Batman over and over again, but the end of the story sees Batman reinvigorated and loom over a weakened, cowering Joker who is ultimately overthrown.

In The Last of the Time Lords the Master finally takes over the earth and tortures the Doctor for a year, until eventually the Doctor is reinvigorated after which a giant, God like Doctor looms over the Master who is subsequently overthrown.

In both cases the Master and the Joker are not only overthrown, but their reigns over the earth are completely erased too, with only the main heroes having any memory of it. Sadly in both cases though it never happened, some of the people who lived through it are still broken, namely Francine Jones and Batman.

In The End of Time meanwhile the Master turns everyone on earth into copies of himself, which is exactly the same as the Jokers plan in the crossover comic event The Last Laugh where he turns people into clones of himself.

Doctor, Batman admit it. You’ve both had this exact nightmare!

When Steven Moffat took over I think the comic book influence began to fade somewhat.

Steven Moffat tended to see Doctor Who as more of a fairy tale, but that’s not to say that he didn’t draw some inspiration from comics.

The 11th Doctors era often explores the effect the Doctor has on his enemies such as the Daleks. As a result of the Doctors influence, the Daleks discover time travel, and become far more powerful and dangerous than they ever would have otherwise.

This same theme is explored in many adaptations of Batman, including the Nolan trilogy, that in response to Batman, a more elaborate crime fighter, the criminals start to become more insane and over the top too.

The Heath Ledger version of the Joker in particular sees himself as a response to Batman, and Commisioner Gordon’s apparent widow at one point even blames Batman for the rise of the Joker declaring that he brought this madness down upon Gotham.

In the season 9 two parter, The Magicians Apprentice and The Witch’s Familiar, there is also ascene where Davros and the Doctor, two bitter archenemies, share a joke with each other and laugh, which Steven Moffat openly admitted was inspired by the famous ending of The Killing Joke.

See here.

Finally Steven Moffat also actually had a full blown superhero in the most recent Doctor Who Christmas Special. The episode was seen by many as a love letter to superhero movies (and by others as a cynical attempt to cash in on the superhero craze.)

As you can see whilst they haven’t been its only influence, Doctor Who has taken quite a bit from comic books over the years.

Of course its not been all the one way. There have been many examples of comic books, and their adaptations taking inspiration from Doctor Who as well.

Doctor Who’s Influence on Comic Books

Day of the Daleks vs Days of Future Past

Days of Future Past is arguably one of the most influential comic books of all time.

Its premise sees the mutant Kitty Pryde travel backwards in time to prevent the assassination of Senator Robert Kelly by Mystique’s brotherhood of mutants.

The murder of Kelly will kick off widespread anti mutant feeling that will lead to the creation of Sentinels who in the future will virtually exterminate most of mutant kind and eventually overrun humanity too.

In the future Kitty Pryde comes from what’s left of humanity is rounded up into internment camps by Sentinels.

Though Kitty is successful in stopping the assassination, it is left open as to whether or not she has truly erased the future she came from.

Days of Future Past has been adapted by various X-Men animated series over the years and was later adapted as the 2014 film X-Men Days of Future Past where Wolverine took the place of Kitty Pryde (though it was still Kitty who sent Wolverine back in time.)

Day of the Daleks meanwhile sees a group of rebels travel into the past to assassinate Sir Reginald Styles.

Styles is an influential politician who will soon be gathering all of the worlds leaders together to try and negotiate peace (with the earth being on the brink of a Third World War.)

According to these future soldiers however Styles is really a psychopath, who will blow all of the world leaders, and himself up in a kamikaze attack.

This will kick off a Third World War which lead to the near extinction of mankind. The Daleks will then invade the earth and take over what little is left of humanity.

Just like the Sentinels the Daleks round the unfortunate humans up into concentration camps, though a few humans are able to resist and even steal Dalek time travel technology which they use to travel backwards in time and try and kill Styles before he can cause the war.

It turns out however in a twist that it wasn’t Styles who killed the other delegates. It was in fact one of the rebels from the future who blew up the house in an effort to kill Styles (whilst being unaware that the peace conference was going ahead.)

The Doctor is able to stop Styles and the other Delegates from being killed, despite the Daleks efforts to make sure their version of history isn’t changed.

The ending however still leaves it open that this terrifying version of the future may still happen.

As you can see there are a lot of very strong similarities between the two stories. Both revolve around a political assassination creating a war that wipes out most of humanity. In both cases the people carrying out the assassination ironically believe that they are doing the right thing. Mystique believes she is standing up for mutants rights, whilst the rebels from Day of the Daleks think they are changing history for the better.

After both world wars, horrifying machine creatures take over and round up the few unlucky survivors into concentration camps and turn them into a slave labour force.

Whilst the main heroes are able to change history so that this never happens, in both cases there is still a question mark hanging over the story’s conclusion about whether or not they have actually averted or perhaps just postponed this nightmarish vision of the future.

John Byrne was a massive Doctor Who fan and even admitted that he took inspiration from Day of the Daleks. In fact he joked that he was lucky not to get sued.

In all fairness to Byrne though I wouldn’t call Days of Future Past a rip off. It covers the same beats as Day of the Daleks but ultimately it does establish its own identity.

Interestingly enough, both Day of the Daleks and the film version of Days of Future Past both show the horrible future being averted at first, but ultimately a different horrible future take its place.

Now this similarity I think was completely unintentional, but still according to Doctor Who lore, the Daleks will still invade and conquer the earth in the 22nd Century (as seen in the earlier story The Dalek Invasion of Earth.) Ultimately however it will be repelled eventually and humanity will rebuild, and survive to the end of time!

Still billions will be slaughtered in the 22nd century invasion, and many thousands more will have to spend decades under the rule of the Daleks and sadly there is nothing the Doctor can do about it. All he could do was make sure the version in Day of the Daleks where the monsters never lost was erased.

Similarly in the X-Men film series, whilst Wolverine is successful in erasing the time line where sentinels wiped out mutantkind, sadly in the new timeline, the humans are still able to create a drug which nearly exterminates all mutants anyway.

Its sad that in both cases the happy ending didn’t work out, nevertheless this does still tie into a big theme with both Doctor Who and the X-Men film series that certain events have to happen. Beast explains that time is like a river, and that you can throw a pepple into it and disrupt it, but it will always correct itself.

Similarly Doctor Who explores the idea of fixed points in time and space too.

With this in mind all the Doctor and the X-Men could ever do was just lessen the horrors of the Dalek Invasion and the war between mutants and humanity.

Still at least in the version where they invade in the 22nd century, the Daleks lose, whilst in the Logan version of events whilst most mutants may have been killed, some do survive, and the public’s reaction to mutants is still positive, as demonstrated by the fact that the government had to create the drug in secret, and the fact that the X-Men comic is still popular. So perhaps one day when the mutants have recovered there will be a positive reconciliation.

The 5 Doctors vs The Secret Wars

The Secret Wars and the 5 Doctors are fairly similar stories. Both are not only big crossover events that bring together almost everybody whose important in either universe, but both also follow the same basic premise.

In the Secret Wars an all powerful being called the Beyonder whisks all of Marvels greatest heroes and villains away to a planet that he creates called Battleworld. He promises whichever side wins ultimate power over the galaxy forever, though Doctor Doom later steals his power and uses it to destroy the heroes before everything is undone and restored to how it once was.

The 5 Doctors meanwhile sees Borusa, the president of the Time Lords abduct all then incarnations of the Doctor, as well as many of his companions and place them in the Death Zone.

The Death Zone is an area of Gallifrey where the Time Lords would send monsters and aliens that they had abducted from all over time and space to fight to the death for their own amusement.

The Doctors are placed there in order to play the game of Rassilon for Borusa so that he can win immortal life. In the end Borusa gets it, but it turns out to be a trap, set by Rassilon to catch power hungry dictators, and Borusa gains immortal life as a statue.

As you can see both stories follow a similar premise. Basically a big all powerful being abducts all of the main heroes and forces them to fight their worst enemies as part of a twisted game. In both cases one of the villains involved in the game, the Master and Doctor Doom (two already comparable characters.) Plan to steal the person who has brought them there’s power, though it doesn’t work out quite as well for the Master. I suppose though that’s just as well considering that whilst Doom became a god after stealing the Beyonder’s powers, the Master would have been turned into a statue.

Weird Happenings Organisation vs UNIT

In the Excalibur comic series there was a brilliant tribute to UNIT and the popular recurring character of Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge Stewart.

UNIT were an organisation set up to combat alien threats. They first appeared in the 1968 story The Invasion. The Doctor would primarily work with them when he was exiled to earth, but has continued to be associated with UNIT in the ensuing decades.

Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge Stewart was the head of UNIT and would continue to work with the Doctor long after he had left it, becoming the Doctors best friend.

Now in Exacalibur the Weird Happenings Organisation much like UNIT is a military, government organisation designed to track down paranormal threats.

Now not only does this organisation’s initial’s spell out W.H.O. but it was founded and headed by a woman named Aylsande Stuart and her twin brother Doctor Alistair Stuart!

Furthermore, Alistair is a mutant who regularly changes his appearance. His current form looks remarkably similar to Scottish actor David Tennant who played the Tenth Doctor, (the character of Alistair is also said to come from Scotland.)

Dr Who In Excalibur

Is that David Tennant or is that David Tennant?

This wasn’t the first time that Marvel has referenced the Brigadier to be fair. In an issue of Uncanny X-Men a character called Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge Stewart shows up to help battle the Juggernaut in Edinburgh.

Other Media Adaptations 

There have been various bits and pieces of Doctor Who’s influence across adaptations of Marvel and DC characters.

The Elf army in Thor: The Dark World resembled the Cybus Cybermen from Doctor Who (its worth noting that the main villain was played by Christopher Eccelston a former Doctor Who, though ironically his Doctor never met the Cybermen.)

The makers of the Arrowverse are big Doctor Who fans too and have included quite a few references to it, and cast various actors from the new Doctor Who in prominent roles. Alex Kingston best known as River Song plays Dinah Lance on Arrow, whilst John Barrowman aka Captain Jack famously plays arch villain Malcolm Merlyn.

Finally Arthur Darvill who played former Doctor Who companion Rory Williams plays Rip Hunter in the series Legends of Tomorrow.

Rip Hunter is also re-imagined as a more Doctor like character for Legends of Tomorrow as well. Here he is a renegade from a group of people called Time Masters, whose mission is to preserve the time line and not interfere, but are later revealed to have more shady motives.

In the original comics Rip was just a scientist who had invented a time machine, and though a similar organisation called the Linear Men were introduced in the 90’s, the original Rip did not originate from them (though he did join them briefly before leaving them), and they were less significant, and more colourful in appearance.

You can tell the writers intended to create a Doctor/Time Lord dynamic between Rip and the Time Masters.

Rip was re-imagined as being a renegade who stole a time ship from them, just like the Doctor did with the Time Lords and the TARDIS. Also the Time Masters are portrayed as being more uptight, custodians, who claim to be working for a greater good, but are actually responsible for a catastrophe in earth’s future, just like the Time Lords in Trial of a Time Lord when they sent the earth through space.

The original Linear Men.

The version from Legends of Tomorrow who as you can see have more of a Time Lord look to them. IE dusty, pompous robed old conservatives whose hands aren’t nearly as clean as they’d like you to believe.

Finally Rip’s costume was also based somewhat on the Tenth Doctors look as well.

doctor who rip hunter coats Doctor Who vs. Rip Hunter: Theyre not the same!

Conclusion

As you can see there is quite a bit of overlap between Doctor Who and Comic Books in terms of ideas and fans.

Whilst Doctor Who may be a television series, he is a comic book character in terms of having an incredibly long life, a colourful rogues gallery, and fantastic powers.

With this in mind its not so surprising that he has enjoyed such incredible success as a comic book character too.

Thanks for reading.

 

 

What I Would Have Liked To Have Seen In The Peter Capaldi Era

Its hard to believe that the Peter Capaldi era has come and gone. It only feels like yesterday that the former “Thick of It” star wandered onto our screens after being announced as the 12th Doctor. Holding his lapels in a Hartnellesque fashion with the promise of a new and wonderful era ahead of him.

Sadly however as I am sure all of my regular readers know, I wasn’t that keen on his era.

In this article I am going to run through things I would have liked to have seen happen during his era. I’m not saying that all of these ideas would have been better objectively of course.

These are just things that I personally would have been interested in. Let me know what you think in the comments below. PS its also worth noting that not all of these ideas are mine. A lot of them are actually fan theories and ideas, as well as pieces of spin of material too.

Lets get started then.

1/ The 12th Doctor

Peter Capaldi’s Doctor as he stands now is probably the best thing about his era. Sure there were some terrible moments with his Doctor like the Tank bit, but overall Peter Capaldi did always give a brilliant performance, and there were some interesting aspects to his characterisation.

Still there were many huge problems with the 12th Doctor, though none of them can be attributed to Peter Capaldi.

First and foremost I would not have had the 12th Doctor be doubtful of himself. I didn’t like the “Am I a good man” story arc. It made no sense.

The previous Doctor had discovered that he had saved Gallifrey. Furthermore the war on Trenzalore, though long and protracted, still surely laid any doubt to rest about the Doctor being a hero?

He wore down his final life to protect a small village for over 1000 years and was given a new lease of life by the Time Lords because they, the people he thought he had burned, believed he was a hero.

So really why would the Doctor go back to doubting if he was a good man after that?

Also I really don’t think it was a good idea to have 12 be in love with Clara either as not only was it not a good fit for Capaldi and Jenna, but by this stage the whole Doctor/companion romance was really quite tired and boring too.

With 12 and Clara they basically repeated all of the previous Doctor/companion love stories from New Who.

We had the tedious love triangle between the Doctor, his female companion and her clingy, jealous boyfriend with Danny, Clara, and Capaldi.

We also had a mad woman who starts out as an evil psychopath that wants to kill or harm the Doctor but then he makes her a better person and she falls in love with him (River Song, Missy.)

We had the Doctor and his female companion get too attached to each other to the point where she becomes reckless and arrogant which leads to bad consequences for her (Rose and 10 in season 2, with it being their actions that create Torchwood that separates them, Clara and 12 in season’s 8 and 9, with it being Clara’s arrogance that leads to her own demise in Face the Raven.)

Then there was the Doctor being unable to accept his lovers death and doing something that allowed her to live just a bit longer as an immortal. (River Song in the Library, Clara in the TARDIS with Me.)

And finally we had a male character go through an unimaginably long hard time just to save the woman he loves. (Rory and the box for Amy, the Doctor and smashing his way through the wall for Clara.)

Be honest you could replace 12 and Clara with 10 and Rose in this scene and it wouldn’t be any different.

I think it would have been better if they had made 12’s story arc be about finding Gallifrey. That was basically what we were promised at the end of the 50th when the Curator tells 11 “oh you’ve got so much work to do.”

Turns out he didn’t. Gallifrey was back and it wasn’t even mentioned how! The search for Gallifrey story arc could have opened the door for many interesting story options.

For one thing the Doctor could be torn about bringing them back. On the one hand he would want to see his home in the sky, and his people happy and prosperous again. On the other the fear of the Time War returning would obviously still be on his mind too.

Yet perhaps the Doctor would want the Time War to start a new. Look at it this way, the Daleks are still free to roam the universe, destroying all other life forms. Whilst the Time War was a terrible thing it did severely limit the Daleks power across the universe.

Its kind of like World War 2 in a way. Yes World War 2 was a terrible thing, but in the end it was for the good of humanity. Would you have rather that the Nazi’s continued to march all over Europe unopposed?

So perhaps the Doctor might think after seeing more atrocities being carried out by the Daleks that he had a duty to bring the Time Lords back and lead them this time so that they don’t become corrupt, to finally destroy the Daleks once and for all.

Or perhaps he would be determined to wipe the Daleks out himself because he knew that when they were around he could never stand among his people.

These could all be serious moral dilemma’s for the 12th Doctor that could develop over time. Also his feud with the Daleks could have become more intense as the Daleks would naturally now view the Doctor as the only chance of the Time Lords returning and become even more determined to destroy him.

I also think that 12 should have been utterly ruthless to his enemies too. Again think back to what we were promised with his Doctor. We were told he would be the angry kick up the arse Doctor and this was how he made his entrance.

Yet we never really saw anything to demonstrate this on screen apart from a few moments of him being rude to people for no reason.

Take his dealings with the Daleks. He just threatens them a couple of times and that’s it. Okay he clearly hates them, but so what. Pretty much every Doctor hates them. I might add he was made to feel guilty by Clara for daring to think that the Daleks are beyond redemption.

Also his Doctor was fooled by Davros being unbelievably mopey too (well okay he knew there was a chance that Davros was tricking him, and so he had a back up plan.) Still 12 arguably showed more compassion to Davros than any other Doctor.

Then of course there was his relationship with the Master. 12 was the most lenient on the villain there has ever been. At certain points 12 even outright helped her to escape such as lying to Clara, Kate and UNIT about her still being alive (which put all of their lives in danger) or saving her from a public execution.

Also look at how he dealt with Bonnie the mass murdering terrorist Zygon. He forgave her and gave her a bloody job at UNIT! Bonnie is ironically going to be working alongside the friends of the people she slaughtered in cold blood like Jac!

Are there any examples of 12 being really vicious, and ruthless in dealing with any of his enemies?

The nearest is when he may have pushed the Half face man off of the edge of a building, but even then we have no idea if he did push him or not?

Now you might be thinking “well okay maybe they wanted 12 to be a lighter Doctor”, but that’s certainly not how they advertised him.

Steven Moffat Its Time For A Kick Up The Arse Doctor

Also more importantly look at the way the 11th Doctor was portrayed in his last few stories. You can clearly see that they are heading towards a darker and more mature Doctor.

We didn’t see many instances of this with Matt, but it’s obvious during 11’s final year that he was not only becoming more willing to kill (as seen with Solomon the Trader.) But that he was also getting more than fed up of dealing with the same enemies over and over again.

Take a look at this quote from A Town Called Mercy.

“But they keep coming back, don’t you see? Every time I negotiate, I try to understand. Well, not today. No. Today, I honour the victims first. His, the Master’s, the Dalek’s, all the people who died because of my mercy!” 

In addition to this 11 near the end of his time finally says goodbye to River too, showing that he has grown up and accepted that he needs to move on from her. His final action is also to dedicate himself to protecting Trenzalore until he becomes an old man, and after that he finally accepts his death.

Then of course there is the War Doctor, a more old school type of Doctor telling 11 that he (and 10) basically needed to grow up and act their age, and he wonders if he is having a mid life crisis when he sees them.

 “Oh, we might as well get started. Help to pass the timey-wimey. Do you have to talk like children? What is it that makes you so ashamed of being a grown up?”

The 12th Doctor as a more old school, serious Doctor, played by an older actor, who finally wants to dispose of his most dangerous enemies, fix mistakes he had made in the past (like sparing the Daleks in Genesis) and find his home would have been the natural progression from where 11 was headed in his last few stories.

Sadly however by the end of Capaldi’s first series this is all tossed in the bin. The 12th Doctor reverted back to being a cuddly hipster like 11 was, is still in love with his 20 something female companion like 10 and 11 would have been, and is ridiculously merciful to all of his enemies.

It could be argued that perhaps they wanted to go in a 1st Doctor, 6th Doctor, 9th Doctor direction, of making 12 start out as more ruthless and then get softer as time went on.

I wouldn’t have minded that at all, but my problem was just that they never really showed him being dark to begin with, and then just instantly reverted to making him more like Smith and Tennant.

So much for growing up eh? So much for no longer acting like a child jumping about, lusting after women not much older than Susan. So much for honouring the victims. Yeah you really honoured Osgood (and Kate) by snogging their killer and later covering for her when she escaped, or outright saving her when she was kidnapped. All that development from 10 and 11 realising that they were too easy on their worst foes. and 11 in his last few stories realising that he needed to grow up and be “the Doctor” again is just tossed in the bin so we can get more Master/Doctor slash fan fic bullshit, and more Doctor crying over his 20 something, latest one true love.

The 12th Doctor was not only written to be more of a zany, younger Doctor, but he was also I feel made into quite an ineffective and weak hero too.

In his first two season finale’s for instance he doesn’t save the day. Missy hands him victory (and even then its Danny Pink who blows the Cybermen up. Seriously what does the Doctor actually DO in that entire finale?)

In Hellbent meanwhile he creates the problem. Similarly in the Zygon Inversion though does stop the war, he created the problem in the first place! He was the idiot who thought it was a good idea to let 20 million hostile aliens live on earth. (I might add the only reason they came here was to fucking invade! Bit much to ask humanity be kind to their invaders!)

Why did 12 not you know use his TARDIS to take them to an uninhabited planet like he promised to do for Dalek Sec and his new Dalek people?

Does he really think a race so advanced that they fought in the Time War would be happy with pretending to be humans, working a dismal 9-5 job, signing on the dole, watching youtube videos, and downloading shit on Netflix?

Yeah cause the Doctor loved being trapped on earth didn’t he? And he LOVES humans, unlike the Zygons who wanted to destroy them, and took a delight in hurting them (see Osgood’s Zygon double.)

12 really suffered from also having no real big enemies to play off of. His villains were either dreadful versions of past glories like Missy, or they were crappy one off foes like the Lion man, or the Monks, or the eye boggie monsters from Sleep No More.

His biggest heroic moment is obviously enduring the torture for Clara’s sake in Heaven Sent. I got to give him that, it is pretty badass to endure 4 billion years worth of torture for your one true love.

Sadly however even this is ultimately undermined in Hell Bent as ultimately we find out that the Doctors plan for saving Clara would have risked destroying all of time and space! So actually 12 just ends up looking like an emo adolescent that can’t cope with loss, and is willing to put his own happiness over the rest of the universe, rather than the ancient, wise alien he should be.

I think the main problems with the Capaldi era can be summed up with the production team simply not having enough faith in Capaldi to carry the series ironically.

To start with they clearly got a bit scared at making the Doctor older in his first series. Clearly they were worried at losing their young audience, so they ultimately went back to making him act like the younger Doctors.

Take a look at this scene.

This clearly shows that they were more unsure of Capaldi right from the start, as the previous actor has to come in and basically beg Clara (and through her the audience) into accepting Capaldi!

Its very insulting and to be honest I don’t think Matt Smith should have agreed to do it. It was kind of stepping on Peter Capaldi’s toes.

Also more importantly I think that the PC pandering during Capaldi’s era made the team lose faith in him as well simply because he was another white male.

Now I’m not going to go too much into the SJW pandering again as obviously its a subject that I have covered extensively. Still it does need to be mentioned as its certainly a large part of why Peter didn’t get a fair crack at the role.

Capaldi was cast after the feminist backlash against Steven Moffat had begun, but before the push for a female Doctor really became all consuming. That only really happened after Matt announced he was leaving.

As a result of this I think Moff who clearly wanted to win favour with the feminist critics that had ruined his reputation over the past few years actually came to regret not casting a woman instead of Peter.

How these people treated Steven Moffat circa 2012-14

University Study on How Sexist Steven Moffat Is

Steven Moffat Tweets Against Accusations of Misogyny

The Terrible Problem Of Steven Moffat’s Doctor Who

Of Dice and Pen Sexism in Moffat Who

Steven Moffat’s Women: Amy and her skirt

Consent in Moffat Era Who

Steven Moffat Sexism

Sexual Assault in Doctor Who

Doctor Who Thunderingly

Whovian Feminism Reviews Time of the Doctor

How they reacted to Peter Capaldi’s casting

Something An Actual Person Said About The Doctor

Whovian Feminism We Need To Talk About Peter Capaldi’s Casting

Doctor Who’s Dude Preference Is Lazy

Examples of Moffat ADMITTING to pandering to them (as well as proof that the sexist accusations bothered him)

Steven Moffat: Doctor Who Needs More Women Writers

Steven Moffat Denies He Has Made Show More Sexist

Steven Moffat Slams Sexist Claims

As a result of this Moffat cared more about setting things up for a female Doctor to atone for casting another cis white het dude, than in actually focusing on Capaldi himself.

You can see that when Missy first prances onto screen in Deep Breath. Right there in Capaldi’s first episode Moff is thinking more about setting up the next female Doctor, than in giving Capaldi a nemesis that is right for him (which most certainly is not Missy.)

Similarly in this scene Moff has the Doctor shoot an innocent Time Lord in cold blood, simply so that he can shoe horn in yet another gender bending regeneration.

This scene is utterly disasterous to the 12th Doctors character in so many ways.

To start with he’s a huge fucking hypocrite. What he is unable to kill Missy, a sadistic, mass murdering psychopath, even when she murders his friends and the daughter of his oldest friend right in front of him and gloats about it, but he’ll happily shoot an unarmed man in cold blood?

Also the General risked his life to defend the Doctor from Rassilon and this is how the Doctor repays him?

You might be saying that “well he didn’t kill him as its just a regeneration” but even then each incarnation lasts for 1100 years, so the Doctor just shed a good chunk of the guys life off.

Again though Moff doesn’t care about how this negatively impacts the 12th Doctors character, as his main priority is in setting up a female Doctor. To hell with the current white dude. He’s just there to fill time.

Furthermore I think Moff, whilst not wanting to undermine Capaldi intentionally, actually became scared at the thought of just making Capaldi the strong, central heroic figure that previous Doctors like Jon Pertwee or Tom Baker had been, as that would appear sexist in his feminist critics eyes.

So naturally in order to overcompensate for this type of criticism, Moffat put too much focus on Clara to a ridiculous degree, and regularly had her actively undermine the Doctor by slapping him back into place and later finish the series by basically becoming a better Doctor than him.

All this silly backstage politics coupled with the fact that in many ways the production team wanted him gone so they could virtue signal with a female Doctor meant that Peter Capaldi really wasn’t given the attention or frankly the respect an actor of his calibre deserved in the role.

It would have been better if they had allowed Capaldi to play the role more the way he wanted. If they had given his Doctor a chance to show how dark he was in really vicious confrontations with his enemies like the Master. If they had given him a consistent character. And finally if they had made him a strong figure, NOT always doubting whether or not he was a good man and being slapped into place by his companion.

It seems to me like Capaldi wanted his Doctor to be kind of a cross between 1 and 3. Those seem to be his two favourite era’s. He’s always talking about them after all, and just about everything he wanted to see come back comes from those two era’s, like Susan, Mondasian Cybermen, Axons, Daemons etc.

You can see how these two Doctors and era’s are on his mind more than any other.

So I think ideally his Doctor would have been a dashing, physical Doctor who was incredibly brave, and serious about everything like Jon Pertwee, yet also at times somewhat ruthless, more alien and at times even distant like William Hartnell.

Sadly however whilst there were shades of this in his characterisation such as in this scene.

Most of the time he was just another modern, whiney, emo Doctor complaining about his girlfriend.

A final thing to mention is that I would have given Capaldi the original TARDIS interior.

Nothing can top the original white, roundrels, look. The proof of that is that that look stayed more or less with very few changes for close to 26 years, whilst all the others, 9 and 10’s TARDIS, 11’s TARDIS with the upstairs, the wooden TARDIS, the steampunk TARDIS in the movie and 12’s library TARDIS have all come and gone in a few years each.

It would have been so much better if they had just gone back to this. It would also have tied into 12 returning to his roots better as well.

2/ Captain Jack Harkness

Its hard to believe that its been 7 years since he last appeared in Doctor Who. Captain Jack Harkness was in my opinion one of the best things in all of New Who.

He was an interesting character overall, but it was really John Barrowman, one of sci fi’s greatest leading men of the past 30 years that elevated the character to being a legend.

I was really hoping that Captain Jack would become like the new series version of the Brigadier.

The Brig met all the classic era Doctors, and it became a rite of passage for the Doctor to meet him. It would always be such a wonderful moment when the Doctor would bump into the Brig who’d comment on him changing his face yet again.

I miss having a character like that in Doctor Who and Jack I think would be a great choice to fill that role after Nick Courtney’s passing.

Like the Brig, Jack is a man of action which serves in brilliant contrast to the Doctor. The Doctor as we know will use a weapon and kill if need be, but he is ultimately a more cerebral hero, and more willing to try and find a peaceful solution.

The Brig and Jack are very much shoot first, ask questions later type of characters. Both Jack and the Brig also run organisations designed to track down extraterrestrial threats and know the Doctor through multiple lives too.

Sadly however they stopped Jack meeting the Doctor after 10 which now just kind of makes him a Russell T Davies thing.

The first thing I’d have done would have been to bring Jack back and make him a recurring character throughout 12’s time.

Okay so he missed 11 which I think was a great pity, but you could always have him meet 11 in the 60th anniversary special.

He really needed to come back for 12’s era in order to be a rite of passage for the new Doctors. You can miss one Doctor, like the Cybermen missed the Third Doctor (until the 5 Doctors) but once a characters missed two in a row, then I think they end up becoming more like the Sontarans instead, IE a fan favourite, but not something that every Doctor has to meet.

The great thing about Jack is that much like the Brig he’s a character you can bring back at any point. He doesn’t have to take over a story, his relationship with the Doctor, though it changes, is still always relatively stable. You can just bring him back and have him help the Doctor, shoot some badguys and that’s that.

I think you could continue to bring Jack back to encounter future Doctors after 12, despite the fact that the character is an immortal. For one thing John Barrowman is ageing well (he looks at least 20 years younger than he actually is.) Also Jack is still meant to age. He just does it very slowly. You could simply have set Jack’s stories set in the very far future when John looks far too old.

There would be a lot of value in bringing Jack back besides simply creating a wonderful new tradition for the show.

To start with he has a massive fanbase. In fact John Barrowman himself has a huge fanbase among mainstream audiences and genre fans outside of Doctor Who thanks to his roles in shows like Arrow and Desperate Housewives.

Even those who didn’t grow up with Jack might be interested in seeing Barrowman in the show.

Also I think Jack and 12 would have a great dynamic with each other. The thing about Jack is much like the Doctor he is an old soul trapped in a young man’s body. He has lived for thousands of years, endured unimaginable hardship and loss. Everything from his brother, to his soul mate, to his grandson!

Just like the 10th and 11th Doctors, Jack often puts on a cheery, youthful facade to cover up his pain. When he met 12 however who was no longer trying to cover up the fact that he was so old, Jack I feel could actually be himself more, and I think he and the Doctor would develop a much closer relationship than ever before as a result.

I would also like to see Jack meet other 12 era characters like Osgood for instance (John Barrowman and Ingrid Oliver were good friends in real life, so I think they would have a good dynamic.)

Overall I think they definitely missed a trick in not making Jack the new Brig of the show.

3/ Clara Oswald

Now we all know that I am not the biggest fan of Clara. For the record I do like Jenna Coleman, and I liked her with Matt. She just wasn’t a good fit for Capaldi.

I would have kept Clara for one year with Peter to ease the transition and then dumped her.

I would have had Missy be revealed to be the Time Lord version of Clara that we saw in Name of the Doctor.

In The Name of the Doctor, Clara throws herself into the Doctors timestream which creates splinters of her all over time and space that save the Doctor from the Great Intelligence.

One of them is shown to live on Gallifrey and even tells the Doctor which TARDIS to steal.

I would have revealed that this version of Clara later regenerated into a new incarnation, (played by Michelle Gomez.) This version of Clara would then have been the woman in the shop who would have brought 11 and Clara together so that she could have been born.

Missy/Clara would later decide that she would still help the Doctor by downloading the minds of all the people the Doctor had failed to save on his journeys into a virtual heaven.

In order to power this matrix she would drain energy from a nearby star. The matrix on Gallifrey remember draws energy from the eye of harmony, a compacted star. Doing so however would have eventually caused the star that she was draining to eventually die, leading to the destruction of all the planets in its solar system.

Clara/Missy would have destroyed many solar systems this way, but she would view it as being worth it as all of the lives she destroyed in each solar system would be downloaded into her matrix.

Clara/Missy though having simply started out as wanting to help the Doctor would now see her cause as the greatest in the universe.

She would also create a virtual hell where she would download the minds of the most evil humans who ever lived. We could see plenty of past evil people like Solomon the Trader and Madame Kovarian being tortured in Missy’s hell.

The Doctor would find this out in the season 8 finale. The promised land would be the planet Missy had her Matrix on and therefore would have been the place the aliens in previous season 8 episodes would have been heading too.

The Doctor would be forced to work with aliens whose sun was being drained by Missy to shut down Missy’s matrix in order to save the countless worlds she would destroy to power it.

In a further twist, Danny Pink who would still die’s soul would be sent to Missy’s hell for the murder of the child he carried out in battle.

After the Matrix had been shut down and the souls released, Clara would decide to leave the Doctor, feeling that after seeing Missy she wanted to reconnect with her human side back on earth.

You could still have her pop up now and again as a recurring character like Martha. You could also have the Missy/Clara escape and be a foe for the Doctor. She would at first be furious that he had shattered her dreams, (particularly when she had done so much for him.) Later however she would forgive him and could work alongside him now and again.

I wouldn’t play up a romance between them, but you could have her slowly become his friend.

In my opinion this would have been the best option for many reasons. To start with I think the Time Lord Clara would have been a better role for Michelle Gomez. I’ve often said that Gomez would have been good as the Rani, and she would, but I think Clara would have been an even better role for her. It would have been more of a going against type part for Michelle.

Gomez is often cast as villains and over the top lunatics. The Time Lord version of Clara however would be a genuinely good character who believed that what she was doing was right and would later become a hero. Gomez would get a chance to do more than just “IIIII’MMMM CRAAAZZZZYYY!!!!”

Gomez said that her favourite year in the role was series 10 because she got to show more sides to Missy, such as her guilt and remorse. It was an all around excellent performance from Michelle, but I feel that it would have been better if they did that with Time Lord Clara than the Master.

4/ Other Companions

As regular readers of mine will know I really like Ingrid Oliver who plays Osgood and I had hoped for her to become the next companion after Clara. Having said that Bill played by Pearl Mackie turned out to be a perfectly charming companion in her own right, but more on that later.

Osgood I think would have been good choice for a number of reasons. Ingrid Oliver who plays her is a brilliant actress who really loves the show, and would really I think throw herself into the role (well she pretty much already did in the limited time she was given.)

Peter Capaldi and Ingrid Oliver also had brilliant chemistry with each other. It was more natural because they could adopt a traditional father/daughter dynamic. As I’ve said before the problem with Clara and Capaldi was that they didn’t really have anywhere to go. They couldn’t go down the romance route as clearly as they did with Clara and 11, or 10 and Rose

They also couldn’t go down the classic father/daughter route, due to 11’s feelings for her. Finally Capaldi and Clara also couldn’t be just friends like say 11 and Amy, or 2 and Jamie as they didn’t really have anything in common with each other.

With Capaldi and Ingrid however you can see shades of Jo and Jon Pertwee, William Hartnell and Maureen O’Brien, and Sylvester McCoy and Ace even just in this little still. You have the bright young female companion in many ways being a surrogate figure for Susan to the Doctor.

Also I think the fact that Osgood admires the Doctor could be interesting if handled right.

I would tone down the cosplaying aspects. In fact I’d ditch them completely as soon as she boarded the TARDIS. I don’t like the meta aspects to Osgood’s character. Its never a good idea to have a character represent the fans.

I would however reveal that Osgood’s mother was the character called Laird from the 5th Doctor story Resurrection of the Daleks. Laird was a mousey, cute, scientist who worked for the military. Much like Osgood she was overly anxious and prone to panic and scream in tight situations but she was still brave when it mattered.

She is brutally gunned down by the Dalek agents when trying to flee from them. Now Laird to me looks exactly like Osgood and has the same personality too.

You can see the resemblance. In my opinion Laird is Osgood’s mother and it was Laird’s tragic death that inspired Osgood to follow in her footsteps. Osgood wanted to find out what it was that really happened to her mother (having not bought the cover up story) and eventually came to work for UNIT.

There she found out about the Daleks and the Doctor and came to admire the Doctor because he had done more than anyone else to fight the monsters that killed her mother.

I think this would be a good link to the classic era and it would also flesh out Osgood’s character. Think of what her reaction would be when she comes face to face with a Dalek!

Also you could later have Osgood learn that the Doctor spared the Daleks in Genesis and lose her faith in him somewhat as technically her mothers death would be his fault.

The other companion for 12 I would have accompany Osgood would be Journey Blue. Journey Blue was played by Zawe Ashton. She was a soldier who fought the Daleks in the far future as seen in the story Into the Dalek.

Now we didn’t see much of her character, but I’ve always thought she would have been a good candidate for a companion for a number of reasons.

First of all, Zawe Ashton is a brilliant actress. Also I’ve always wanted a companion who had lived under the Daleks. It would help increase their menace as here we would have someone who’s family had been killed by them, who had spent years maybe in a Dalek camp, and never known a life that wasn’t constant fighting, misery and pain because of them.

Also I think that Journey’s more aggressive, gun ho nature could put her at odds with 12, in a Brig, Jack kind of a way.

Finally I think that Journey would be a good choice opposite Osgood. At first glance both are totally different characters.

Osgood physically is a total wimp. She is also someone who believes in finding non violent solutions, and shows compassion to even her former tormentors like her Zygon sister.

Furthermore Osgood is also a scientist who relies on her brains and resourcefulness to get out of tight situations.

Journey in contrast physically is very strong, fearless, uses weapons as a first option and having spent her life fighting against the Daleks, is much more willing to kill.

Also in terms of their relationships to the Doctor they’re polar opposites. Osgood adores the Doctor, he also is very fond of her, and she’d be more willing to do what she was told, and build up his ego too, kind of like Jo Grant and Vicki.

Journey however would definitely clash with him, question his authority more and might even do things her own way, much like the Brig sometimes did (such as at the end of the Silurians when he goes behind the Doctors back and slaughters the titular creatures.)

Also finally in terms of what they wanted to get out of travelling with the Doctor they’d be complete opposites.

Journey would be desperate to escape the horrible life she had fighting the Daleks, whilst Osgood would be desperate to explore other planets and times.

Things could be quite tense in the TARDIS with Journey and Osgood at first not liking each other. Osgood could disapprove of Journey’s violent methods, Journey could view Osgood as being a liability for being too weak and scared.

Still you could later have the two bond over losing their loved ones to the Daleks. I think you could have quite a good scene where Osgood shares with Journey the pain of losing her mother at such a young age, whilst Journey would tell of how the planet she and her brother lived on was overrun by the Daleks.

She would tell Osgood of how her parents were killed, and how she and her brother were among the few survivors of the Dalek invasion who were taken to live in the Dalek camps for years. They both would have suffered greatly, with Journey doing all she could to protect him, until they were eventually rescued when the Dalek camps were liberated, after which the two joined the resistance against the Daleks, before her brother was finally killed.

You’d then have the two bond over their suffering at the monsters hands, with Osgood coming to understand why Journey is the way she is, and Journey in turn coming to respect Osgood.

You also have Journey and 12’s relationship similarly improve too, with Journey by the end of her travels with the Time Lord coming to appreciate all of the great things she was able to see because of him.

For 12’s next companion after these two meanwhile, I’d have a character who came from the year 100 trillion. In Doctor Who it is established that humanity survives to the year 100 trillion and possibly becomes the last species left in the universe in the story Utopia.

I think it would be great to have a companion come from that time. Here we would have a companion who was eager to see a universe when it was young and healthy. Who could see planets like the earth that she had only heard about in ancient legends.

Imagine what her reaction would be at just seeing the earth during the day, having always scraped a living on a barren rock near the end of a universe that was slowly burning away into nothing!

I did not come up with this idea. I saw it on a forum (sadly I can’t remember who came up with it.) And I always thought it would have been a brilliant idea for a companion.

As for who could play this companion, well there are many actresses that I’d love to see in Doctor Who.

Jenny Hulse is a Scottish actress who I think is very underrated and would make a good choice for the companion to the Doctor.

(I am aware I have suggested a number of Scottish actors like Dawn Steele, Robert Carlyle and Jenny Hulse, but that’s not because I give two fucks about Scots representation. I simply know more obscure Scottish actors because I live here and I am exposed to Scottish forms of entertainment more. If I lived in England I’d know more local, obscure and underrated English actors too.)

Jenny Hulse, a very underrated actress who would have made an amazing companion to the Doctor.

Alison King is also a great actress too and would make a good companion. It might be more interesting to give the Doctor an older female companion like Alison. Barbara, Donna, Liz Shaw, and Romana 1 all represent a female companion who isn’t in awe of the Doctor as they are all much more mature.

Some people would say that these companions don’t work as well, as the younger audience prefers a younger companion they can identify with, but Barbara, Liz, Donna and Romana 1 were all very popular companions with both fans and the public.

To be honest though I’d be happy with Pearl Mackie. I suppose that’s one good thing about the Capaldi era is that it did give a number of lesser known actresses like Ingrid Oliver and Pearl Mackie a larger boost.

Pearl Mackie was a perfectly lovely companion. She was charming, funny, and had great chemistry with Capaldi. Also refreshingly whilst she was a strong and capable character in her own right, she didn’t undermine him like Clara.

I did have some problems with how Bill was written however. I would have wanted Pearl Mackie to play the companion from the future and NOT Bill.

Bill though a likable character was ultimately yet another sassy, 21st century girl who works a boring job and wants to get away from it with the Doctor.

I really would have liked something new, like an alien, or at least someone from another time.

Also like many other fans I felt Bill’s sexuality and race was handled in quite a clumsy way. Now I obviously have no problem with a gay character on tv. Furthermore I have no problem with a character constantly mentioning that they are gay either.

We get plenty of straight characters talking about their sexuality after all like say Joey on Friends, so why not have a gay character be unbelievably promiscuous like Joey?

It was more the way it was done. It felt like an obnoxious “I’m going to teach you plebs at home that gay people and black people matter too!” attitude from the writers.

The reason I think this was because, first of all Steven Moffat openly said that he cast Pearl Mackie for representation.

Steven Moffat Diversity

I really don’t think you need to cast anyone for the sake of representation anymore. Yes back in the 60’s when our society was racist, homophobic and sexist then it was important, but now I think the free market is the only fair way to judge it, though I 100 percent acknowledge that I did not always feel that way.

For the record I actually went through a tiny bit of an SJW phase in 2015. I always hated the idea of a female Doctor its true, but I felt after having been so hostile to the idea, and to the SJW’s criticism of Moffat that maybe I was being too harsh on them (added to that I was also more ignorant too and so I didn’t know that a lot of their complaints like the gender wage gap were bogus.)

So in 2015 I was open to things like representation, and women in refrigerators (I hypocritically said that Osgood’s death was sexist whilst praising the murder of Perdicus in Xena, even though they are both exactly the same. Steven Moffat should have kept her dead, much as I like Osgood just to piss people like me back then off!)

I also complained about sexualized images of female characters being harmful, and whilst I mostly defended him I did still think some of Steven Moffat’s work was a bit sexist too.

It was only during 2016 that I finally came to the conclusion that actually my initial reaction was right and the SJW’s complaints against Moffat (and in general) were completely bogus.

So with this in mind I think Moff might very well just be misguided and could actually come to regret some of the decisions he made with the show, RE pandering to the SJW’s, in years to come. Still whatever his reasons I think Moffat ultimately had the wrong attitude when casting Pearl Mackie.

Furthermore the character of Bill constantly went on about how she suffers bigotry and persecution too, which is ridiculous. Okay there are still individual racists and homophobes, but come on here. What are the chances that a young, black, gay woman who works at a university, and hangs around with other 20 something young women would constantly endure racism and homophobia?

Whenever Bill would say she was gay, it wasn’t like it was just a natural fact of her character. It wasn’t like she’d just hit on a woman she thought was cute, or even mention a woman she had a crush on, or even just be in a relationship with another woman.

Instead she would always have to sit down and explain to another character how she was gay and it would be presented as this big shocking thing of”OH MY GOD DO YOU PEOPLE AT HOME REALISE BILL IS GAY! I BET YOU’RE ALL SHOCKED AT THAT!”

Ultimately I think Bill reeked of being nothing but more SJW pandering which was a shame as Pearl Mackie was definitely one of the better companions in the series.

5/ The Master

The Doctors archenemy was probably the character who suffered the most after the Doctor himself during the Capaldi era (though he/she has some stiff competition from the Brigadier.)

Its a shame as I think that the Capaldi era could have marked a really good come back for the character.

We hadn’t seen him at that point for an entire Doctors era, so his return could have been a huge Earthshock style surprise.

Sadly by turning the Master into a woman they kind of ruined this. Everybody guessed that Missy (Mistress) was the Master from her first episode because of all the ridiculous hype about a female Doctor.

Missy is the Master According To Radio Times

If they had kept the character a man and brought him back at a later date however then they could have made his return a genuine surprise.

Worse however as I have been over before many times, was the way that Steven Moffat threw everything about the character that made him interesting away.

His hatred of the Doctor, his insane lust for power and control, and his miserable cowardice, All gone and in its place was basically just a third rate River Song.

I think that during the Capaldi era, they should have first and foremost played up the Masters desire for power and control as his main motivation, rather than wanting to renew his “friendship” with the Doctor.

To me that’s always been the most fascinating aspect of his character. In those early Roger Delgado stories, the Master could almost justify himself to the Doctor, as he believed that when he ruled things would be better.

He argued that all the evil he was committing now actually was for the greater good, and that the Doctor and the Time Lords were the real villains.

From his perspective the Doctor and the Time Lords had the power to help planets like the earth. They could with their advanced technology end all of their problems like disease, famine, poverty, and with their knowledge of the future they could avert catastrophic disasters like the Dalek Invasion and protect them from alien races such as the Cybermen by making sure they were advanced enough.

Yet the Time Lords just sit back and do nothing. The Doctor meanwhile helps out where he can, and so the Master at first has a bit more respect for him, and even initially sees the Doctor as a potential ally. You can also see why the Doctor and the Master were friends back on Gallifrey with this in mind. Both were among the few members of their kind not content with just sitting back and doing nothing.

Ultimately however the Doctor does not believe in imposing his will on others. He will help those in need, but he will still let them choose their own destiny.

As a result of this the Doctor and the Master both come to view the other with even more contempt than either view the High Council.

Take a look at these quotes from spin off material and television stories with the Delgado Master to see what I mean. It amazes me that people often miss this great aspect of the character.

MASTER: Well? You waste time. I order you to kill him, Azal! 
AZAL: I command. I do not obey. 
MASTER: But I called you here and you came? 
AZAL: I answered your call because the time was come for my awakening. The time has come for the completion of the experiment or its destruction. 
MASTER: Then fulfill your mission by granting the ultimate power to me. Who else is there strong enough to give these humans the leadership they need? 
DOCTOR: I seem to remember somebody else speaking like that. What was the bounder’s name? Hitler. Yes, that’s right, Adolf Hitler. Or was it Genghis Khan? 
MASTER: Azal, I have the will. You yourself said so. 
AZAL: I am still not convinced. 
DOCTOR: I’m very pleased to hear it. 
AZAL: You wish to see this planet destroyed? 
DOCTOR: By no means. You see, I have an alternative. 
AZAL: State it. 
DOCTOR: Leave humanity alone. Just go. You’ve done enough harm. 
AZAL: We gave knowledge to man. 
DOCTOR: You certainly did. Thanks to you man can now blow up the world and he probably will. He can poison the water and the very air he breathes. He’s already started. He can 
AZAL: Enough! Is man such a failure then? Shall I destroy him? 
MASTER: No! A strong leader can force him to learn. 
AZAL: You are right. I have decided. I shall pass on my power. 
MASTER: O mighty Azal, I thank you. 
AZAL: But not to you. To him. 
DOCTOR: No! No, I don’t want it!

MASTER: That’s absolutely fascinating. The whole story is here. 
DOCTOR: Is it? Well, perhaps you’d be kind enough to explain it to me? 
MASTER: Well, this city was once the center of a great civilisation. 
DOCTOR: Yes, I had rather gathered that. 
MASTER: By genetic engineering, they developed a super-race. That priest we saw must be a remnant of it. 
DOCTOR: You deduced all that from these pictures? 
MASTER: Well, not exactly. I knew it already. The files of the Time Lords are very comprehensive. 
DOCTOR: Oh, so that’s more like it. You mean that you stole the information? 
MASTER: Well, it seemed an awful pity not to make use of it, you know? But of course that’s typical of the High Council of the Time Lords. Know everything, do nothing. 
DOCTOR: Tell me, why are you so interested in the history of this planet? 
MASTER: Well, this super-race developed a Doomsday Weapon. it was never used. 
DOCTOR: Why not? Super-weapons usually are eventually. 
MASTER: Who knows? Maybe it was due to a degeneration of the life strain. 
DOCTOR: I see. And so the super race became priests of a lunatic religion worshipping machines instead of gods. 
MASTER: So it would seem. 

DOCTOR: You’re going to use this weapon? 

MASTER: Not unless it’s absolutely necessary. Well, don’t you see, Doctor? The very threat of its use could hold the galaxy to ransom. 
MASTER: Doctor, why don’t you come in with me? We’re both Time Lords, we’re both renegades. We could be masters of the galaxy! Think of it, Doctor, absolute power! Power for good. Why, you could reign benevolently, you could end wars, suffering, disease. We could save the universe. 

JUDGE: Counsel for the defence may now cross examine the witness

THE MASTER: Thank you, your honour.

THE DOCTOR: Of all the infernal… You don’t mean to tell me he’s defending himself?

THE MASTER: Sadly, yes. Sir Roderick met with a most unfortunate accident.

THE DOCTOR: Yes… I’m quite sure that he did.

THE MASTER: Would the court please make note of the witness’s hostile attitude. The Doctor is a very old, and, may I say, a very dear aquaintance, but sometimes a little incautious and hot headed in his choice of language.

THE DOCTOR: I’m not hot headed, you scoundrel. 

THE MASTER: Do make a note of that.

THE DOCTOR: Now see here…

THE MASTER: I really think, Doctor, it may be best if you take a nice deep breath. I say this, speaking as a friend.

THE DOCTOR: I am no friend of yours!

THE MASTER: Indeed? The whole court has heard you give an impassioned speech asking for me to be shown clemency. Who but a friend would do that?

THE DOCTOR: A merciful man.

THE MASTER: A humane one?

THE DOCTOR: Yes.

THE MASTER: But it is these very humane humans of yours that wish to put me to death.

THE DOCTOR: Well… you’ve killed hundreds and tried destroy their planet half a dozen times.

THE MASTER: I dispute that last statement. I really must protest. I have not tried to destroy this planet. I will admit I have, perhaps encouraged regime change on several occasions.

THE DOCTOR: You admit it!

THE MASTER: The human race is not very advanced is it Doctor? They still, for example practise the death penalty.

THE DOCTOR: Yes…

THE MASTER: They regard all alien life as hostile and frequently wipe it out in their encounters with it.

THE DOCTOR: That is regrettable.

THE MASTER: You see, ladies and gentlemen of the court, please don’t take this amiss, but as a species you’re not experienced enough. You are likely to misconstrue the actions of other species simply because you cannot yet comprehend them. You may perceive our actions as a threat when really they are a benevolent attempt to bring you advancement. Would you not agree, Doctor?

THE DOCTOR: I would not!

THE MASTER: So, when you brokered a peace treaty with the Silurians, what was the reaction of the human race?

THE DOCTOR: They, er, well, they blew them up.

THE MASTER: They destroyed an ancient civilisation? Dear me, hardly the action of an advanced species. Is it, Doctor?

THE DOCTOR: No. No, on that I must agree. But humanity is… well… I mean, for a level 2 civilisation, they’re doing remarkably well.

THE MASTER: A level 2 civilisation! Would you care to define a level 2 civilisation?

THE DOCTOR: I’m not really sure I should.

THE MASTER: Come now, Doctor. You introduced it into evidence?

THE DOCTOR: Very well. A level 2 civilisation is one that has discovered elementary space travel, hydrocarbons, antibiotics and the principles of nuclear fission.

THE MASTER: A capital definition. And what do most level 2 civilisations do with the discovery of nuclear fission?

THE DOCTOR: They build power stations.

THE MASTER: But what, would you say, is the principal use made of it by humanity?

THE DOCTOR: Oh, that’s hardly fair. Its how humanity learns, they find a thing and their first use is always.

THE MASTER: Yes Doctor?

THE DOCTOR: In weapons. They make nuclear weapons.

THE MASTER: And how would such a development be viewed by, say, a level 3 civilisation?

THE DOCTOR: As barbaric. But..

THE MASTER: Barbaric! And tell me Doctor. What level is our own race?

THE DOCTOR: Ah, ah, well, a level 12 civilisation.

THE MASTER: So would you say you are more qualified to judge humanity’s actions than they are?

THE DOCTOR: Er…

THE MASTER: I’ll rephrase the question. Are they qualified to judge your actions?

THE DOCTOR: Certainly not.

THE MASTER: So are they qualified to judge me? All right let me put it to you. I stand here accused of being now what is it, ah yes under article 18B of the Emergency Powers Act of being of hostile origin or association, and of committing acts prejudicial to public safety. Doctor I dispute these allegations, and you are going to help me prove them false.

THE DOCTOR: I have absolutely no intention of helping you.

THE MASTER: Since arriving on this planet, would you not agree that I have revolutionised the efficiency of the plastics manufacturing industry?

THE DOCTOR: Yes, but

THE MASTER: Thank you. I’ll admit my methods were aggressive, but oh so human. And have I not also had remarkable results with the elimination of psychopathic tendencies in the criminal mind.

THE DOCTOR: Only by

THE MASTER: I’m afraid its a yes or no question.

THE DOCTOR: Yes, but

THE MASTER: And finally, did I not offer humanity a remarkable solution to its energy crisis?

THE DOCTOR: Fine, yes fine. But in every case

THE MASTER: I know, I know. My good intentions were rebuffed and misconstructed. Surely, however even you can agree with my actions in Devils End.

THE DOCTOR: Not in the slightest.

THE MASTER: Come now. Who better to sit in judgement on a level 2 civilisation than its creator, Azal of the Daemons. We can both see the mess this species is in. You can choose to do nothing. I tried, oh how I tried, and then when that failed, I appealed to Azal, hoping he could shape and reform it. Instead regrettably, he wrote the experiment off. Wasn’t that what happened, Doctor?

THE DOCTOR: Well… yes. If it hadn’t been for Miss Grant. You’re leaving out your actions on Uxarieus, where you tried to take control of.

THE MASTER: Where I attempted peacefully to adjudicate on a dispute between worthy pioneers and a legitimate mining concern. But I’m fairly certain Doctor that events on ther planets are outside the jurisdiction of this court, and should not be brought into play. 

THE DOCTOR: They prove that you want to play God.

THE MASTER: Merely to improve the existence of the common lot, I assure you. I am on this planet for its own good.

THE DOCTOR: If not the good of its population.

THE MASTER: Now, that is unfair, Doctor. I try my best. What more can anyone say? 

Later versions of the Master after Delgado would be portrayed as more vicious however.

I don’t think this was inconsistent. There was always a vicious side to Delgado, such as when he karate chops a man from the top of a tower in Terror of the Autons, and you can see this side slowly emerge towards the end of Delgado’s time too. Its also obvious that despite what he says about bringing order to the universe, he still regards all other life forms as lesser than him, hence why he is happy to sacrifice as many humans as possible in a petty feud with the Doctor.

The later Masters from Pratt to Simm simply represent this twisted side becoming more dominant due to other factors, such as whatever it is that leaves him more emaciated in The Deadly Assassin, and the Time War.

All post Delgado Masters are still always desperate for power over the galaxy, but they’ve dropped the supposedly altruistic reasons that the Delgado incarnation claimed.

Take a look at these quotes from all of the later Masters from the emaciated incarnation to Simm.

MASTER: Rassilon’s discovery, all mine. I shall have supreme power over the universe. 

MASTER: A turbulent time, Doctor, in Earth’s history. 
DOCTOR: Not one of its most tranquil, I agree. 
MASTER: A critical period. 
DOCTOR: You could say that. 
MASTER: Oh, I do. The beginning of a new era. 
PERI: Doctor, do you get his drift? 
DOCTOR: I’m afraid I do, Peri. 
PERI: He wants to pervert history. 
DOCTOR: Not that the Prince of Darkness here would see it as perversion. 
MASTER: Maudlin claptrap. The talents of these geniuses should be harnessed to a superior vision. With their help, I could turn this insignificant planet into a power base unique in the universe.
DOCTOR: And where will you take your toy next? 
MASTER: Does it matter? You’ll not be there to greet me. 
DOCTOR: I may not need to. You forget, Kamelion does have a mind of his own. 
MASTER: He obeys only my will. 
DOCTOR: Yes, but for how much longer? 
MASTER: For as long as I command it. Kamelion will not turn on me. 
DOCTOR: No? 
(The Doctor tries to change Kamelion, and fails. The Master laughs.) 
MASTER: You’re getting old, Doctor. Your will is weak. It’s time you regenerated. 
DOCTOR: You won’t win, not ultimately. 
MASTER: You’re mistaken. With Kamelion’s unique ability at my command, it’s only a matter of time before I undermine the key civilisations of the universe. Chaos will reign, and I shall be its emperor. 
DOCTOR: Earth is a primitive planet. You won’t succeed so easily elsewhere. 
MASTER: Where I cannot win by stealth, I shall destroy. That way I cannot fail to win. 

MASTER: Tomorrow, they launch. We’re opening up a rift in the Braccatolian space. They won’t see us coming. It kind of scary. 
DOCTOR: Then stop. 
MASTER: Once the Empire is established, and there’s a new Gallifrey in the heavens, maybe then it stops.

MASTER: My masterpiece, Doctor. A living Tardis, strong enough to hold the paradox in place, allowing the past and the future to collide in infinite majesty. 
DOCTOR: But you’re changing history. Not just Earth, the entire universe. 
MASTER: I’m a Time Lord. I have that right. 

Really it isn’t until Missy that the Masters desire for power is completely dropped with Missy giving up the chance for ultimate power (an indestructable army of Cybermen) outright saying that she doesn’t need an army. “Armies are for people that think they’re right dear”. That’s the opposite of Delgado actually being able to make Pertwee doubt that he is in the right!

I would have returned to the Master thinking that his evil is for a greater good in Capaldi’s time which would make more sense after Simm’s incarnation.

When we last saw the Master he came to realise just how evil he had become when he faced down Rassilon who had implanted the drums in his head (which in Davies time at least contributed to his madness.)

Now it can be debated as to whether or not the Master wanted to help the Doctor or just get revenge on Rassilon, but at the very least it cannot be denied that the villain for the first time demonstrated some self awareness here.

Look at what he says “You did this to me. All of my life. YOU MADE ME!” So clearly even he regrets what a monster he has become, and wishes that his entire life would have gone differently.

It would have been interesting if they continued this in the next Masters characterisation.

The next Master having realised how far he had fallen would have been desperate to redeem himself. Sadly however as we have seen, being a good guy in the Masters mind would be trying to bring order to the universe.

The Masters relationship with the Doctor would also change as a result too. The Master would now view the Doctor as an obstacle he had to get rid of, but didn’t care as much about, as he felt he had wasted too much time in his previous lives feuding with him.

The Doctor ironically would be more desperate than ever to destroy the Master meanwhile.

To start with this would make most sense for 12. As we have been over, just before the end of 11 the Doctor was nearing a stage where he wanted to finally be rid of his oldest enemies.

I can imagine 12 would be the most devastated of all to find out that the Master had survived and was still out there after having been rid of him for over 1100 years!

Also as the rest of the Time Lords are now back he would feel no desire to help the Master anymore.

Finally as the Doctor had last seen the Master seemingly give up his life to stop Rassilon then he would be even more disgusted with the Master for reverting back to being the villain.

He’d have the attitude of “Okay you had your chance to change. You saw just how far you’d fallen, I’d shown you ridiculous mercy that you didn’t deserve as David Tennant, and even then you’re still an asshole. Enough’s enough“.

People always go on about how the Doctor would never kill the Master because he loves him, but that is bullshit.

Thing is in Classic Who the Doctor was almost always willing to kill the Master. There were a few instances where the Doctor didn’t want to kill the Master because he was unarmed, simply because he never kills enemies when they are unarmed.

The same was true of Davros in Resurrection, but it doesn’t mean he had any affection for him.

I feel that so many fans (including Steven Moffat) often get the Doctor and the Master’s relationship completely wrong.

Steven Moffat goes as far as to say that Delgado and Pertwee NEVER played it as enemies, and that they were always friends.

He seems to have been watching a different show to me?

DOCTOR: I still don’t see why you want to help them. What can you possibly gain? 
MASTER: The pleasure of seeing the human race exterminated, Doctor. The human race of which you are so fond. Believe me, that’ll be a reward in itself. 

JO: But I don’t see why you’re so upset. If you give him (the Master) back the circuit and he hands over the missile 
DOCTOR: You just don’t understand, do you, Jo? Once he gets that circuit back he’s free to roam through time and space. We’d never catch him. 
JO: Then you’ll just have to give in. The Master’s got the missile and all we’ve got is this wretched machine. 
DOCTOR: Jo, will you stop stating the obvious. What did you say? 
JO: I said all we’ve got is this machine. 
DOCTOR: Well, that’s it. That’s the answer. We’ve got the machine and we’ve got our friend, Barnham. 
JO: I don’t understand. 
DOCTOR: With a little help from you, old chap, we can destroy this machine and the Master at the same time.

MASTER: (After the Doctor attempted to trap him in a place that was about to blow up) Ah Doctor I was afraid you’d be worried about me, so I thought I’d let you know that I’m alive and well.

DOCTOR: I’m extremely sorry to hear that!

DOCTOR: Well, I didn’t actually see him fall, you know. I was quite busy. 
ENGIN: Oh, but if by some miracle he survived the fall into that chasm, he was dying anyway. 
DOCTOR: There was a good deal of power coming out of that monolith, and the Sash would have helped him to convert it. 
SPANDRELL: Are you suggesting he survived? 
DOCTOR: No, no, I hope not, Spandrell. And there’s no one else in all the galaxies I’d say that about. The quintessence of evil.

I’m not saying that the Doctor and the Master were never friends. They had once been friends, but now they were the bitterest of enemies as their ideologies had driven them apart.

Colony in Space really marks the final end of their friendship. Here it becomes obvious that the two will never be on the same wavelength as one seeks total control, whilst the other simply wants to explore.

From then on the Master sees the Doctor as a threat and wants rid of him, but the more the Doctor foils him, and the more his killing genuinely is for nothing, the further the Master is pushed down a dark path until he becomes a total monster consumed with hatred for the Doctor.

They were never friends who wanted to reconnect. The closest they came to that was in New Who with Tennant. Even then however this can be attributed to the fact that the Doctor simply wants to save the only other existing Time Lord. (I might add as well that Simm NEVER wanted to reconnect with Tennant. He always wanted to torture and kill him. He actually died just to spite him!)

So I definitely don’t think that its ever a good idea to make the Doctor and the Master still want to be friends as it ends up undermining both characters. The Master is undermined as before as seen in stories like The Mind of Evil the Doctor wanted to kill him, but he escaped. A big problem with any recurring villain is that they have to lose, but in the Masters case I don’t think that applies quite as much.

Yes the Master fails in his plan to take over the earth, but at the same time the Doctor is never able to finish him off either, despite wanting to most of the time.

Furthermore the Doctor isn’t even ever able to imprison him or stop him from causing more death and destruction. So neither really wins completely.

That of course is all thrown out the window when the Doctor never wants to kill the Master. Now the Master only survives because the Doctor goes easy on him and this in turn greatly undermines the Doctor as a hero as he wants to be friends with someone that has killed trillions of innocent people, and hurt his friends.

CLARA: Doctor. You sent Missy your confession dial.
DOCTOR: Well, we’ve known each other a long time. She’s one of my own people.
CLARA: My point is, we both saw her die on Earth, ages ago. And obviously you knew that wasn’t real. Or worse, hoped it wasn’t. Either way, I think you’ve been lying.
DOCTOR: I’m sorry.

How can anybody not view that as a come down for the Doctor and the Master from The Mind of Evil where the Doctor wanted to kill the Master to stop him from hurting anyone else, and the Master not only survived his attempt on his life, but phoned him up to rub it in!

The explanation they gave as to why the Doctor went out of his way to help Missy was the Doctor felt she was the only person who was like him.

DOCTOR: I pick a scenario, we drop her down into it, and we see how she does. 
BILL: How does that work? 
DOCTOR: Ah. We just take the Tardis for a spin and we graze for distress calls. We pick a good one. Our usual Saturday. 
(Bill drops the potatoes into the deep fat fryer pan.) 
BILL: And what if she just walks out and slaughters everyone just for a laugh? 
DOCTOR: Well, I will be monitoring you the whole time. 
BILL: Me? 
DOCTOR: Yes. You and Nardole. You can be her companions. See? 
BILL: Ah, nah! Forget it. Absolutely no way. 
DOCTOR: Nardole agreed. 
NARDOLE: No, I didn’t. 
DOCTOR: You did in my head, which is good enough for me. 
BILL: Why do you want to do this? 
DOCTOR: She’s my friend. She’s my oldest friend in the universe. 
BILL: Well, you’ve got lots of friends. Better ones. What’s so special about her? 
DOCTOR: She’s different. 
BILL: Different how? 
DOCTOR: I don’t know. 
BILL: Yes, you do. 
DOCTOR: She’s the only person that I’ve ever met who’s even remotely like me. 
BILL: So more than anything you want her to be good? 

But that’s shit. Hey Doctor what about this woman?

I don’t know she was a friend who was like you Doctor? And she wasn’t a sadistic, mass murdering genocidal psychopath either!

I’m not saying you can never explore the friendship aspect of the Doctor and the Masters relationship, but I think it needs to be from a, its sad that they were once so close angle.

Like Lex Luthor and Clark Kent in Smallville. They start out like brothers, but once Lex crosses a certain line and you know, starts killing people, and harming his friends like Chloe, and Lana, then that’s that!

Ironically this line from Death in Heaven I think sums up the two’s relationship really well.

I had a friend once. We ran together when I was little. And I thought we were the same. But when we grew up, we weren’t. Now, she’s trying to tear the world apart, and I can’t run fast enough to hold it together.”

That’s really the angle they should have gone down. Its okay to give the Doctor feelings of regret for how the Master turned out, but I don’t think that you should ever have the Doctor want to reconnect with the villain.

I think it would have been great if the Master had actually underestimated the Doctor. Thinking he had gone soft after 10 showed such mercy to him, and then being quite shocked when after he did something horrible, 12 shoved him up against a wall, choked him and said that he would never put him before humanity.

Another aspect of the Masters character that I think should always be portrayed is his manipulative streak.

That’s another part of what makes him so fascinating is the way he is able to twist the minds of those around him. Whilst the Master would often play on people’s greed such as Goth and Kassia, he was also capable of tricking decent people too and turning them into monsters. Hell there were times where he was even able to make the Doctor help him unknowingly he was so crafty.

TRENCHARD: You’ve attacked a government employee, and tried to harm a prisoner under my care and protection. 
DOCTOR: I’ve done no such thing. The Master knocked that guard out himself, as you very well know. 
TRENCHARD: And as for this UNIT pass of yours, I believe it’s a forgery. 
(Trenchard rips up the UNIT 10 pass.) 
DOCTOR: That’s absolute rubbish. Anybody at UNIT headquarters will vouch for me, if you’ll permit me to use the telephone. 
TRENCHARD: Prisoners are not allowed to make telephone calls. 
DOCTOR: Colonel Trenchard, why are you allowing the Master to use you like this? 
TRENCHARD: All right, take him away. 
DOCTOR: Look, you’re jeopardising your entire career. 
TRENCHARD: I have nothing further to say to you. The interview is over. 
DOCTOR: Didn’t anybody else warn you about the Master?

TRENCHARD: I can’t keep it up, you know. The lies I’ve told. How long before that device of yours is ready? 
MASTER: Oh, just a few hours now. 
TRENCHARD: What is exactly is it? 
MASTER: It’s a perfect replica of the communications device used by the enemy agents. We are going to use it to lure them into a trap. 
TRENCHARD: I only hope it works. If it doesn’t, I’m for it, you know? 
MASTER: Oh, it’ll work. Don’t you worry about that. Just think of it, Trenchard. You will be responsible for exposing some of the most dangerous saboteurs this country has ever known. I think you’ll find that a grateful government will give you anything that you ask for. 
TRENCHARD: Oh, don’t want any reward, of course. Just doing my duty. 
MASTER: Yes, of course. I’d better get back to my quarters. 

HART: Doctor! 
(He has spotted Trenchard’s body.) 
HART: I don’t understand why. 
DOCTOR: The Master had no further use for him, that’s why. 
HART: But why did he help the Master in the first place? 
DOCTOR: What would you say was Trenchard’s strongest characteristic? 
HART: Oh, I don’t know. Patriotism, I suppose. 
DOCTOR: Exactly. And the Master used that patriotism as a weapon.

MASTER: You there. You were in the lane smashing machinery. 
JACK: Right, never mind the machinery, what’s thou doing here? 
GREEN: That’s easy. He’s one of brainy ones arrived early for this meeting. 
JACK: Aye, come to rob us of our jobs. 
MASTER: Hold hard. I intend you no harm. 
RUDGE: Talks funny, don’t he? Hold hard? This hard enough? 
(He threatens the Master with a large stone.) 
MASTER: Imbeciles. Are you incapable of using your brains? What advantage do you think that’d bring you? You let the man you should have destroyed go free. 
JACK: I did? What’s tha on about? 
MASTER: In the lane. He pretended to help you. Help? He’s a friend of Stephenson’s, an inventor. He’s here to mechanise the mine. 
GREEN: Does tha know what he’s getting at, Jack? 
JACK: Aye, he’s just trying to save his own skin. 
MASTER: Ask him. Ask him why he’s trying to take the bread out of your mouths. 
LAD: We’ll do more than that! Where is he, dost tha know? 
MASTER: He’s gone into the pit. 
(The young man rushes the barred gate.) 
MASTER: Let me. You can’t mistake him, he’s mean looking. 
(The Master uses a sonic lance to burn the iron bar on the inside of the gate.) 
MASTER: Wears yellow trousers and a vulgarly coloured coat. But go carefully, he’s treacherous. 
(The men run into the pit. The Master stays outside.)

LUCY: How should I know? 
VIVIEN: But I’ve got plenty of research on you. Yes, good family, Roedean, not especially bright but essentially harmless. And that’s why I’m asking you, Lucy. I am begging you. If you have seen anything, heard anything, even the slightest thing that would give you cause to doubt him? 
LUCY: I think 
VIVIEN: Yes? 
LUCY: There was a time when we first met, I wondered. But he was so good to my father, and he said. 
VIVIEN: What? Just tell me, sweetheart. 
LUCY: The thing is, I made my choice. 
VIVIEN: I’m sorry? 
LUCY: For better or for worse. Isn’t that right, Harry? 
MASTER: My faithful companion. 

GALLEIA: You’re a man who knows what he wants, Lord Master. 
MASTER: And takes it. 
GALLEIA: You want the crystal? 
MASTER: I am going to possess it. 
GALLEIA: Not without my consent. 
MASTER: Of course not. But I am confident that you will give it. 
GALLEIA: Why should I help you? 
MASTER: For the sake of Atlantis, Lady. Would you not see her restored to her former glory? Rich, powerful, magnificent among the nations of the world? Who would not be ruler of such a country? 
GALLEIA: Nothing must happen to Dalios. 
MASTER: Why should it? He will rule for many years, the beloved sovereign of a beloved prosperous people. 
GALLEIA: But surely you would want to 
MASTER: Well, purely because of Lord Dalios’ great age, it might be well if he were relieved of some of the more onerous duties of kingship. But the reins of power, Lady Queen, should be in stronger hands. Hands such as yours. 
GALLEIA: And yours? 
MASTER: It would be a pleasure to serve you. And then, when the end comes for Dalios, as it must come for all men, then perhaps? 
GALLEIA: The crystal shall be yours.

DOCTOR: Then satisfy my curiosity now. Are they indeed alive, or are they dead like King Dalios? 
GALLEIA: The King is unharmed. 
DOCTOR: The King is dead, Madame. 
JO: It’s true. We were there when he died this morning. 
GALLEIA: You were there? You saw him? Is this true? Is this true? Is the lord Dalios, your King, no longer alive? Answer me. 
MASTER: He died this morning. He was an old man. 
DOCTOR: And you were responsible for his death! 
GUARD: Quiet! 
GALLEIA: You promised                                                                                                        MASTER: I promised you power, and you shall have it. Power to realise your most ambitious dreams!
GALLEIA: You promised he should not be harmed!
MASTER: He was an old man. And he was stubborn!

THE DOCTOR: You intend to escape.

THE MASTER: Oh why bother? Someone will come for me. After the last war, both the Russians and the Americans snapped up Hitlers rocket designers. You have made me famous. I owe you a great debt, Doctor. The finest criminal mind on the planet. Didn’t your friend the Brigadier have trouble avoiding my extradition to… well, lets start with Geneva, New York, Moscow. Correct?

THE DOCTOR: Yes.

THE MASTER: In fact, that’s why this fine example of British justice is being beamed into the offices of every state leader around the world. Isn’t it?

THE DOCTOR: You’ve certainly brought a lot of attention to yourself. You always were a conceited show-off.

THE MASTER: Thank you, Doctor. Tell me — when you find a piece of alien weaponry lying about, what do you do with it? Do you hand it over to the Brigadier?

THE DOCTOR: Certainly not. I deactivated those fusion mines you left for me. They could have blown up an entire country.

THE MASTER: Indeed. An amusing little toy. I can rig up something similar in a trice. I really must thank you for proving my point so neatly, Doctor. You really should have arranged for my deactivation when you had the chance. You’ve just reminded everyone watching that I am the most valuable weapon in the world. And I very much look forward to doing business with all of you.No further questions.

THE DOCTOR: Now see here!

THE MASTER: No further questions! 

Personally I’m not keen on the Master just being a shouting, screaming lunatic. He’s at his best when he is turning people against the Doctor or sitting like a spider on someone’s shoulder spitting poison in their ear.

Finally as for who I would have liked to see play the Master in the Capaldi era, well as I have said before, Robert Carlyle I think would have been the best choice opposite Peter Capaldi.

Carlyle is a similar type of actor to Peter. Both are older, Scottish, known for playing angry, violent, often villainous characters and so you could continue the idea of the Master being like a dark twin of the Doctor that they had explored in Tennant’s time with Simm.

Also Carlyle I can see perfectly capturing the villains sneaky, manipulative, yet affably evil side as seen in this clip here.

You can see shades of the Classic era Master there. The magnificent bastard that’s able to dupe everyone around him, even the main hero and always manages to get scott free away with all the heinous things he has done.

At the same time however Carlyle is also brilliant at playing psychopaths too. Most of his career has been spent playing crazy bastards!

Carlyle thus I think could every now and again show us how the twisted crazy side of the villain as seen with the Simm Master and Ainley Master wasn’t completely away. Deep down despite the new, more charming facade he was still a hateful, vicious sociopath.

Its sad that Peter Capaldi ironically despite being in more stories with the Master than any other Doctor never actually got a chance to face the Master. A sneaky manipulative, power mad villain who could turn anybody (including even the Doctors companions loved ones) against him.

The closest Capaldi got to a proper Master confrontation where his few moments with John Simm at the start of The Doctor Falls. If you ignore Missy or pretend she’s just the latest person he’s duped like Galia, then that’s actually a brilliant Master/Doctor confrontation when the two are on the rooftop.

Simm’s Master is completely in character with the others. There’s his petty hatred of the Doctor (to the point where he spent 10 years with Bill just to fuck her over to hurt the Doctor.) His insane lust for power over the Mondasians, and even his love of disguises.

Also Capaldi gets a chance to be more heroic as he is genuinely enraged at the Master after he’s hurt his friend and not you know snogging him! Sadly however Simm and Capaldi didn’t get enough scenes together, and Missy also weighed the episode down.

Not because of Michelle Gomez whose performance in The Doctor Falls was fine (though it still was NOT the Master in any way shape or form), but the idea of the Master wanting to shag himself turned it into a total comedy.

Still at least this episode gave us a glimpse of what a proper Capaldi/Master confrontation could have been like.

6/ The Daleks

My favourite villains. The Daleks have been used less frequently in the Capaldi era than in those of previous New Who Doctors like Matt Smith and David Tennant.

Now I do understand why Moffat did this. A lot of fans were complaining that the Daleks had been horribly overused in New Who and were actually glad that they were given a rest.

Now this is just personal taste I freely admit. Its not like the Master where I feel objectively they made a mistake, as they threw out his entire characterisation and only cast a woman for PC posturing.

Still I do think that the Daleks actually should have been the main villains of Capaldi’s time. Not only did they play off of him arguably better than any other villain, but there was also a lot of scope for interesting stories with the monsters in his time due to the search for Gallifrey story arc (well that is if they had gone down that route.)

First of all I think they should have tried to give the monsters a story arc in the Capaldi era. In my opinion its always better when the monsters have a story arc, as that justifies them returning in the eyes of the viewer.

Like take a look at the Davies era. People wanted to see the Daleks show up because every year, because each Dalek story would end with a tease for the next one, where one or more of the monsters had clearly escaped; leaving viewers eager to find out what happened to it.

Similarly from 1975 on there was the Davros story arc too, which sometimes ended with a tease for the next story, such as Davros being frozen at the end of Destiny of the Daleks.

To me the Daleks are at their worst when they are just brought back for the sake of it. You can see this in the Matt Smith and Jon Pertwee era’s. Now I am not saying I dislike the Dalek stories from those eras. Day of the Daleks in particular is a classic, but still you can tell how the Daleks are kind of aimless in 3 and 11’s time.

Its not like the 60’s where there was no story arc, but the monsters were so fresh it didn’t matter. In the 60’s ideas that are cliches and staples of Doctor Who nowadays like the monsters invading earth, or travelling in time were exciting new ideas.

In later era’s I feel that its better to develop a story arc with them, or else it does just feel like “hey lets have the Daleks again”. That doesn’t mean you can’t have a good story with them of course like Asylum or Day, a story arc gives them more of a purpose.

Now in 12’s time there was a potential for 3 great story arcs with the Daleks. I would have liked to have seen more with the Daleks war with the alliance of planets in the future as seen in Into the Dalek, the Daleks trying to stop the Doctor from finding Gallifrey, and finally Rusty the Dalek who hates other Daleks.

All 3 of these story arcs could have been woven together in quite an interesting way. You could have had the horrors the Doctor witnesses with the Alliance’s war against the Daleks perhaps convince him that the Time Lords should return to destroy the Daleks, with Rusty obviously being the Doctor and humanity’s ally in the war against the Daleks too.

Incredibly enough we have never actually had a story that focuses solely on a war with the Daleks, apart from Into the Dalek (even then the focus was really on can you have a good Dalek or not?).

Most Dalek stories involve the Doctor trying to stop the Daleks from waging a war like Frontier in Space, or Planet of the Daleks, or they will deal with the after effects of a full scale war like in The Dalek Invasion of Earth, and Day of the Daleks where humanity has already been conquered, or they’ll be little low key events set on some remote location like Death to the Daleks, The Chase, Asylum of the Daleks, Resurrection of the Daleks or Dalek.

Sure we’ll see plenty of invasions like The Parting of the Ways, Doomsday and Journey’s End, but even then I wouldn’t really call those Dalek wars. The humans (and the Cybermen) have absolutely no chance against them. Its really just a massacre.

I suppose the closest we see to this is in the 50th anniversary story, which revolved around the Time War. Even then however the Daleks are barely in the story.

Really I’d like to see an adventure that’s set in the middle of a huge conflict with the Daleks that has been going on for years, maybe even centuries, and that has seemingly no end in sight.

Personally I think this would have been an interesting avenue to explore as we could see things that have only ever really been talked about before. Like how the Daleks are so destructive other races will often be forced to go to such drastic measures to bring them down, like the Time Lords who ended up becoming monsters during the Time War.

Also a story arc around a Dalek war could get round another one of the monsters problems that they always have to lose.

You could have one story where humanity loses many planets to the Daleks in the war, with even the Doctor failing to stop them. At the end things would look bleak, but humanity would still have a fighting chance against the monsters which could be continued in the next story.

You could even have the Doctor and humanity lose in several stories in a row, before finally pushing the Daleks back, and even then they wouldn’t wipe the Daleks out, just drive them back from completely destroying humanity, and there would still be hundreds of planets under their rule with there being nothing that could be done to help those worlds.

You’d play up what’s really scary about the Daleks that they are a swarm across the universe. You can stop them taking over one planet, but all you’ve done is set them back a bit. There are still hundreds, thousands of planets across the universe that are suffering under their rule.

Planets who have with rich histories, advanced cultures, who could have gone on to do great things, who’ve now been extinguished forever and the Doctor will never know anything of them never mind be able to save them.

Also a story line about a war with the Daleks could allow you to explore all of the main 4 interpretations of the Daleks.

As I have written about extensively before, there have really been 4 writers who have created their own interpretation of the Daleks, Terry Nation, David Whitaker, Steven Moffat and Russell T Davies.

Terry Nation tended to use the monsters as metaphors for the very worst of humanity. His main inspiration was primarily the Nazis but as I have pointed out in the past you can draw disturbing parallels between the Daleks actions in Nation’s stories and those of other real life monsters like General Chivington.

At the same time however somewhat paradoxically, Nation also made the monsters more genuinely alien than anyone else. His Daleks had no human qualities whatsoever. They didn’t understand what pity was, they were unable to comprehend basic human concepts and ideas like compassion, or love. They were not only totally alien, but completely malevolent as well.

David Whitaker meanwhile made the monsters more manipulative. In contrast to Nation’s Daleks who couldn’t understand any human emotions, Whitaker’s Daleks knew human beings inside out and were able to play on their every strength and weakness to their own advantage.

Russell T Davies meanwhile made the Daleks far more badass than ever before. His Daleks were practically gods. They had fought in a war with the Time Lords beyond our comprehension, and they were a thing absolutely everyone was terrified of returning as they knew no one could ever hope to stand against them.

Davies’ Daleks also were responsible for the greatest tragedies in the Doctors life too. From the loss of his people, to the loss of Ross and Donna, to the 9th Doctors death, the Daleks are behind them all. RTD loved the Daleks and so during his time no enemy could match them in terms of power, hurting the Doctor, and being the enemy that the Doctor hated. It was a golden age for the monsters.

Finally Moffat I feel added a somewhat more sadistic element to the Daleks. Its true that the Daleks were always hateful little monsters, but in the Moffat era they seemed to go out of their way to torture their victims, and the fates they inflicted on them were often far worse than ever before.

Like take a look at Tasha Lem. Its established that they could have just drained all of the knowledge they needed out of her mind no problem, but instead they decided to torture her to death, and then revive her, and then torture her to death again for fun, possibly for centuries!

The Dalek puppets though quite cartoony on the surface are actually among the most horrific ideas ever introduced into Doctor Who. They are people who have been gutted out and then turned into the living dead, doomed to serve the Daleks forever.

What’s worse however is that the Daleks can bring the puppets back to life again, and wipe their memory of being killed, before killing them again! We see this with the red haired woman used to lure 11 into a trap in Asylum, who actually thinks the Doctor can help her daughter, who has probably been dead for years, maybe even centuries. Even more disturbing however is that the Dalek Puppets memories of their previous death is restored just before they die again too.

Also finally Moffat would often have the Daleks win against the Doctor too.

Although its not intentional this 2013 recreation of a classic scene from the Hartnell era, actually represents the 4 different takes on the Daleks there have been over the years. The first Dalek is from Evil of the Daleks a David Whitaker story, the grey Daleks were featured in many Nation stories like Genesis, Planet and Destiny of the Daleks. The bronze Daleks were obviously the main model introduced in RTD’s time, and finally the Yellow Eternal Dalek was part of the new Dalek paradigm introduced in the Moffat era.

Now in the war of the Daleks story arc I feel you could incorporate all of these brilliant interpretations of the Daleks.

To start with you could draw parallels between the war with the Daleks and other wars in human history like Nation used to do. I think it would be interesting if you showed other alien races that normally despised humanity, actually become humanity’s allies  because they realised that the Daleks were worse.

Throughout history we have seen many warring nations and people be brought together for this very reason.

In World War 2 the USA and Russia, two great powers who would spend the next 50 years in conflict with each other, still came together because they realised that the Nazis were a greater threat. The Nazis planned to take over the entire world and to exterminate entire sections of humanity. If you were gay, Jewish, disabled etc. You couldn’t just live under the Nazis as a slave or a second class citizen. You’d be killed right away.

Similarly in the middle east right now we have seen various groups who normally dislike one another band together to stop ISIS and Al-Qaeda.

Christians, secular Muslims, even homosexual men have willingly fought for President Assad against ISIS despite the fact that he has outlawed homosexuality (and is in his own right a brutal dictator.) At the very least homosexuals, Christians and secular Muslims can actually live under Assad, where as ISIS and the other Islamic extremists would butcher them all.

We Don’t Have Rights But We Are Alive

I would play up a similar dilemma with the Daleks. You’d have humanity be forced to work with many old enemies, ruthless, pitiless conquerors, genuinely evil monstrous aliens who would normally be the villain in any other Doctor Who story.

I think this story arc would continue the way that Nation often used the Daleks and the struggle against them as real life metaphors for people’s battles against fascism and hatred,

The first Dalek story represents why you should never try and appease people like the Daleks who hate you simply for who you are.

The second Dalek story The Dalek Invasion of Earth represents how people react when being forced to live under fascism, with some simply giving up and only looking out for themselves, others using it to their advantage, others collaborating with the fascists, and others simply do not give up and keep on fighting regardless of how much the odds are against them.

This story arc meanwhile would represent the drastic measures people have to go to to stop an evil like the Nazis and ISIS. Its not always just a simple case of black and white even when dealing with the likes of the Nazis. We had to ally with Joseph Stalin, one of the most evil men in history to bring down Hitler.

The story arc would also represent why an evil like ISIS or the Nazis or the Daleks that seeks to exterminate everyone that doesn’t fit in with their idea of the master race will always fail, because it will bring everyone together against it.

Finally this would also tie into part of why the 4th Doctor spared the Daleks in Genesis. He says that many races will become allies due to their mutual hatred of the Daleks, and even says that out of the Daleks evil will come something good.

You could finally show that here. Many races including humanity, who may have been on the verge of wiping each other out will now work together to try and maintain the peaceful collaboration that ironically the Daleks had created the foundations for.

I’d love to see a scene when the Daleks were finally pushed out of the Milky Way Galaxy and all the different races celebrated. It would be like the recent victory over Aleppo or VE day. Even though none of the problems the allies had before would have gone away, and things would be far from fine, they still couldn’t contain their joy at the absolute worst enemy any of them had ever faced finally being destroyed.

Whilst the evil of the Daleks would be used as a metaphor for the evil of humanity, at the same time however just as Nation did, I’d have liked to have actually seen them act in a  totally alien way.

I think a problem with the Daleks in New Who is that they are far too human. We’ve had Daleks become religious fanatics, Daleks with names and a sense of humour, crazy Daleks, Daleks with a parliament and a concept of beauty and many good guy Daleks too.

It would have been nice if I think the Daleks went back to being more alien like Nation had envisioned them. You could highlight that in their dealings with their human enemies by showing how humanity are unable to understand the Daleks, predict what their next move is, and also how the Daleks are unlike anything they have ever faced before.

I also feel that the war story arc could give you scope to show a more manipulative side to the Daleks too just like in the David Whitaker era.

You could do a story where the Daleks are able to cut a deal with one of humanity’s allies, a truly ruthless race who were always the most reluctant and who would think that they could play the Daleks and the humans against one another and emerge in the aftermath, only for the Daleks to play them and split the alliance into pieces.

I also think it would be interesting to do a story where when humanity was on the verge of defeat, the Daleks use them to lay a trap for the Doctor (who they would be even more determined to destroy because he was the only hope for the Time Lords.)

The Daleks and the desperate humans deal would be that the Daleks would spare certain colonies if the humans called on the Doctor (who would be working with the humans regularly to the point where he had given them something to summon him like he did with UNIT.)

The humans would then be desperate to do the Daleks dirty work for them, and the Doctor would have to fight both humans and Daleks working together to escape.

Having the Daleks manipulate the humans I don’t think would contradict making them alien. It could actually add to the fear factor as here the Daleks though completely different would know everything about us, whilst we knew nothing about them.

At the same time the you could also have Russell T Davies style Dalek moments as well that showed how unstoppable the Daleks were. One story could end with the Doctor and humanity failing to save one of the alien races they had allied with. These aliens home world would be closer to the Daleks area of space and therefore harder to defend. The Doctor and humanity however would make one last ditch effort to help them, only to fail miserably.

The story would end with the Daleks invading and completely and utterly destroying the aliens home world. We’d see hordes of them as we regularly did in the Davies era flying through the air, killing everything in sight.

Those were always the best moments in the Davies era Dalek stories like in The Parting of the Ways and Doomsday. We’d see the Daleks slowly march their way towards their enemies who would throw absolutely everything they had at them only for it not to make the slightest bit of difference. They literally wouldn’t even kill one Dalek. At most they’d slow them down a bit.

When the Daleks attacked the aliens homeworld you’d definitely try and emulate scenes like these, and have all of the aliens weaponry not even make a dent in one Dalek as the monsters mowed down everything in sight.

The end of the story would see humanity and the rest of her allies mourn an entire race that had been wiped out in a day by the Daleks, which would really highlight how they are the most dangerous monsters in the entire universe as only they could destroy and entire planet, history, culture and race in an instant.

Finally you could also have the Daleks be more sadistic like in Moffat’s stories. I always thought it would have been a great idea to do a story about the Dalek camps.

You could have the Doctor be forced to go on a rescue mission deep into the heart of the camps (with Rusty helping them get in there.)

You would see thousands of different aliens locked up, suffering unimaginable torment. Just like they did with Tasha Lem, the Daleks would torture their victims to death and then revive them, over and over.

Some victims you could reveal had been in the camps for centuries with the Daleks still keeping them alive, torturing them to the point where they had forgotten who they were!

I’d also use this story to introduce Dalek X. Dalek X is a character from spin off material. He is a Dalek that enjoys torturing his victims and is feared, even by Dalek bounty hunters throughout the galaxy. The worst nightmare of people who slaughter Daleks for a living is to end up in Dalek X’s torture chambers.

I’d love to have seen a scene where 12 is captured and tortured by Dalek X. Capaldi really captured the Doctors rage and hatred against the Daleks as well as Christopher Eccelston in my opinion, so it would have been great if he had got a really dramatic showdown with them.

I’d also reveal that a Dalek death ray stimulates every single pain receptor in its victims bodies to the maximum amount of pain they can feel. Thus being shot by a Dalek would literally be the most painful way to die!

I think its vital to have the Daleks do more than just kill their victims. One of the reasons I don’t think the Daleks seem scary is because all they do is just shoot you.

Look at the Cybermen in comparison. They’ve always been scarier because they capture you and slowly rip your flesh away until its all replaced by metallic components, turning you into an emotionless machine monster.

Steven Moffat regardless of whatever else you may say about his Dalek stories understood that and came up with more grissly things for the Daleks to do to their victims, like the Dalek puppets and their ability to bring people they had killed back from the dead.

Imagine being cornered by a Steven Moffat era Dalek. Its a far more terrifying prospect than being cornered by an RTD one.

Yes the RTD one is an utterly unstoppable badass, but all it will do to you is shoot you and then that’s it. With a Moff Dalek however it will keep you alive possibly for centuries in a state of agony. You can’t even kill yourself to escape it, as it will still find a way to bring you back like they did with Tasha Lem.

I’d definitely continue this aspect of the Moff era and the introduction of Dalek X would be a great way of doing that.

Of course at the same time it would be important to show the Daleks killing as many people as possible. Whilst Moff had them do nastier things to their victims, its true that the monsters seemed less formidable as they only kill two people on screen in the entire 11th Doctors era.

Of course again that’s not to say that there weren’t problems with previous writers portrayals of the Daleks, but that’s the point you’d blend everything that had worked about previous writers portrayals together.

You’d use the Daleks as powerful metaphors for race hatred, and portray them as a totally alien race like Terry Nation always did.

At the same time you’d also give them plenty of opportunities to be sly and manipulative just like in Whitakers stories.

You’d also capture the power and unstoppable nature of Russell T Davies’ portrayal, and finally the sadism and the “you REALLY don’t want to be at these guys mercy” aspect of Moffat’s Dalek stories.

As for who could voice the Daleks well. I’d keep Nicholas Briggs on of course. I’m a big fan of Nicholas Briggs overall, and I think he does a brilliant job as the Daleks, but at the same time I would like there to be a bit more variety among the voices.

Gary Martin is an actor who I think would be a great choice for voicing the Daleks. Martin is one of the United Kingdoms most prolific voice artists. Among his most high profile roles include as the evil Dragon and main villain of the classic British animated series The Dreamstone, and Epideme the evil virus from Red Dwarf.

I’d love to see Martin come up with a suitably scary voice for Dalek X.

There’s only so much one actor can do. In the Classic era, there were only three stories, (Power of the Daleks, Frontier in Space, and Death to the Daleks) where the monsters voices were supplied by just one actor.

Finally I would liked to have seen Davros return to 12’s era, but in a way that actually followed on from his last appearance in Journey’s End.

Now I didn’t mind 12 and Davros’ interactions with each other. There were some interesting moments, but I didn’t like that story very much. At the time I enjoyed it sure, but on re-watch I didn’t like the fact that Davros returning wasn’t actually that big a deal.

The last time we saw Davros he had almost wiped out every universe. His return should have been a real “oh shit” moment for the Doctor and for the Daleks too.

I always looked at it this way. The new Daleks in Victory that slaughter the last of the Davros Daleks from Journey’s End are actually more primitive.

The last of the Davros or Ironside Daleks defer to them sure, but still the Paradigm Daleks are actually from an earlier point in the Daleks history before the Time War.

Thus they don’t have the technology that the RTD era Daleks had. This explains why the Daleks haven’t conquered the entire universe during Matt Smith’s time.

They are a full empire now so if they were as strong as the Davies era Daleks, then they would have presumably built another reality bomb and destroyed all of creation.

Clearly they aren’t because they are more primitive. This can also explain why 11 was able to wipe them out so easily in The Time of the Doctor too. It doesn’t make sense otherwise. How could the Daleks have won a war against the Time Lords when one Time Lord regenerating can wipe out an entire invasion fleet of them.

Remember the Daleks did win, as had it not been for all the Doctors cheating at the end of the Day of the Doctor then they would have slaughtered the Time Lords. See here.

So with this in mind, when Davros showed up he would be a vital asset to the Daleks. He would have knowledge of the Time War, and of Dalek history in general that could help advance them greatly.

Of course Davros wouldn’t just be willing to hand it over to the Daleks either. Rather than just have the Daleks be his servants, or Davros be their pet, you’d have them both work together. Davros would need their power, they’d need his knowledge, and both would be happy to stab each other in the back when the time was right.

You’d have the Daleks suddenly gain new and devastating weapons the likes of which humanity and her allies had never seen before, which would alert the Doctor that something was up. The Doctor would of course then discover that Davros was supplying them with weapons which would be a big reveal of “oh no this is more dangerous than we thought”.

You could also have after the war with the Daleks was over Davros being captured by the humans, and supplying them with weapons that could allow them to destroy their former allies against the Daleks., who in some cases might go back to being their enemies again.

There have been a number of solo Davros stories for Big Finish, and I think it would have be interesting to see if the villain could hold a story on tv without the Daleks.

Personally I think that Peter played better off the Daleks than any other villain. Whilst I am not overly keen on the season 9 opening two parter, I still did absolutely love this scene.

You can see how well Peter plays against the monsters. The Daleks were always his favourites. Everyone always goes on about how the Mondasian Cybermen were his favourite monsters, but no he has regularly said that it was the Daleks.

Sadly however the monsters weren’t really anything in his era. They only made two major appearances, and they actually didn’t get that many scenes with 12 either. The above sequence is practically the only major showdown between 12 and the Daleks. Sure he talks to Rusty a lot, but that’s not quite the same thing as Rusty is a redeemed Dalek.

Added to that the Daleks seemed quite weak in his era. Apart from Into the Dalek we generally tended to see them get beaten up, outwitted or just stand in the background.

In the season 9 two parter they don’t kill or torture anybody, they get outwitted by Missy (who kills one with a brooch), 12 also takes over their entire empire as he boasts in about 2 minutes (and they have to be saved by Colony Sarff).

Davros is also the one who completely comes up with their evil plan in The Witch’s Familiar, and they literally just stand at the back, doing NOTHING (except fail to kill two people) and then when it all goes wrong they get beat up by their own sewers.

Following this we then see a tiny cameo in the finale where a Daleks has been made the servant of the Cloister Wraiths, and then the next year we have another tiny cameo where Bill ridicules everything about them, before one Dalek is unable to kill the villain of the week who then vaporises it into nothing but dust with a wave of her hand.

12’s era wasn’t exactly a golden age for the Daleks, and fair enough you might think as a Dalek fan I’m quite spoiled as 9 and 10’s era’s were such great era’s for the monsters.

Still I think since they were Capaldi’s favourites and arguably the villains he played the best off of, then it would have been good to have given them a strong story arc throughout his era, and its even more annoying when you look at Into the Dalek as that looks like it could have been the start of a truly brilliant story arc.

I think they should have given Capaldi a Dalek story every year that followed humanity’s war against the Daleks.

Ideally I would have liked Capaldi to do 5 years (he actually almost did 5 years anyway. He was the current Doctor for 4 years, and really had it not been for this silly female Doctor nonsense I am sure they could have convinced him to do a 5th year.)

During those 5 years Capaldi would have had lots of Dalek stories that could have fully developed his dynamic with them and reinvigorated the monsters like never before.

7/ The Cybermen

The Cybermen have been very misused in New Who. Its not that their stories are bad, its more just that the writers have it in their heads that the Cybermen are second rate and write them accordingly.

For instance whilst RTD turned the Daleks into virtually gods, he did the opposite for the Cybermen and reduced them to unbelievably primitive earth bound villains.

All that’s needed for the Cybermen is a little bit of love and respect from the writers. The concept is still brilliant and frightening, and furthermore as the Cybermen are known for changing their look every few years, then you don’t have to try and revamp an old 60’s or 70’s design as you will with other monsters like the Ice Warriors and the Sontarans.

Now during 12’s era we did actually see a bit of a renaissance for the Cybermen. They were 12’s main enemies alongside Missy.

Though their first story Dark Water/Death in Heaven was the worst Doctor Who story ever made, it wasn’t because of how they were treated (unless you count Cyber Brig.)

Their second big story, the season 10 finale wasn’t that great a story either, but again it wasn’t because of how the Cybermen were portrayed.

In fact the Cybermen in all fairness did have some absolutely brilliant moments.

Bill’s conversion was genuinely horrifying, and 12’s final battle against the Cybermen was a truly spectacular sequence.

So the Cybermen didn’t really fare that badly in 12’s era. In fact compared to other villains, they got off quite lightly.

Still I suppose things I’d like to see in general with the Cybermen in Doctor Who are the following.

First and foremost for them to be treated as a legitimate menace in the series. Even in 12’s time they were still kind of undermined for other villains for the most part. In Dark Water/Death in Heaven for instance they were just Missy’s mooks and had no plans or goals of their own.

The Cybermen need to get a big story where they are the main villains and aren’t either trashed or pushed to the side for the Master or the Daleks, which sadly they haven’t had yet in New Who.

They also I think need to give us a totally different design of Cybermen. I don’t like the big clunky look in New Who, and the more sleeker look they gave them in Dark Water was terrible. Those Cybermen minced as they came out of their tanks!

I’d like to see Cybermen who don’t stomp. The Cybermen are at their best when they can sneak up on you. One of the most terrifying moments is in Attack of the Cybermen when the monsters surprise Lytton as he has almost climbed to safety. You could never do that with the New Who Cybermen who stomp, stomp, stomp everywhere.

The Cybermen also work best in tight claustrophobic settings like in the sewers of London in the Invasion, or the Ice Tombs of Telos, where they could be lurking around any corner, and where if they corner you, you know there is no hope of escape.

The Cybermen also I don’t think should talk that much. As Nicholas Briggs said what made them creepier than the bombastic Daleks was the way you could never tell what they were thinking.

I’d also play up the body horror aspect of the Cybermen. I remember Lord Slarr, a youtuber making some brilliant points that the Cybermen should actually look disgusting. There should still be bits of human flesh mixed in there, like with the Mondasian Cybermen who still had human hands, or the Cybermen in Earthshock who had flesh covering their mouths.

Also I think Cyber conversion should be shown to be a very slow and agonising process. Not just a quick flash with some buzzsaws and death rays and then its over like in the Tennant era.

Also NO more people who can resist Cyber conversion. Yvonne Hartman, Danny Pink, The Brigadier. Its undermined their menace too much that as long as you are a bit strong then you can just decide to not be a Cyberman. Once someone is converted then that should be it.

I do agree with Capaldi that the Mondasian Cybermen would be a good choice to return at some point too, though personally I would have preferred a story that showed you how they survived after the destruction of Mondas. That’s a big gap in their history that might be quite interesting to explore.

We could see them slowly upgrade themselves as without Mondas as a power base they’d be dying. It would be like the old Troughton stories, more of a creepy base under siege story with the last of the Mondasian Cybermen struggling after the death of their world.

8/ The Sontarans

The Sontarans were somewhat undermined as a legitimate threat in 11’s era. Now I did like Strax a lot. He was very likable and funny, but obviously I would have liked to have seen the Sontarans at some point return to being the bad guys as that is what they were originally intended to be.

Now a story that I think would have been good to adapt for 12 is The First Sontarans. If you haven’t heard it I strongly recommend it.

It features the 6th Doctor and Peri and reveals how the Sontarans were created. The Sontarans were the creation of a race called the Kaveetch whose homeworld Sontar, had been invaded by the Rutans. Though the first Sontaran warriors successfully drove off the Rutans, they later turned on and exterminated the Kaveetch whilst they were celebrating, with only a few Kaveetch managing to escape through time.

There are so many chilling moments throughout the story, such as when the surviving Kaveetch tell of how they had to abandon their children to the monsters as their planet went up in flames, or when one of the Kaveetch returns to Sontar and sees the devastating effect the Sontarans have had on it in her absence, to the point where she can’t even recognise it anymore.

My favourite scene however is when the leader of the Kaveetch tells the Doctor that its possible that some other Kaveetch may have escaped only to be shot down instantly by a Sontaran commander that there is absolutely no possibility of any other survivors, after which he then simply dismisses the Kaveetch as an inferior species who lost their right to survive.

Its probably the darkest Sontaran story, with the Sontarans ultimately exterminating all but two of the surviving Kaveetch and effectively wiping their species out. At the end of the story the two surviving Kaveetch are forced to simply forget their vendetta against the Sontarans or else they too will end up dead.

I think you could adapt this story for television, and really all you’d need to do would be to change the name of the Doctors companion!

6 was always quite like 12 in a number of ways anyway, but this story is also a fairly straight forward action adventure that I think you could probably stick most Doctors in and it wouldn’t be that different.

In my opinion Last of the Sontarans would have been a brilliant way of restoring the Sontarns to being one of the Doctors deadliest enemies rather than just comedy sidekicks.

9/ The Valeyard

The Valeyard was a villain introduced in the 6th Doctors era for the season long story arc Trial of a Time Lord. He was revealed to be an evil version of the Doctor created in between his 12th and 13th lives.

How he was created or why has never been revealed, and at the end of Trial of a Time Lord he is shown to have escaped.

Sadly over 30 years on and the Valeyard, save a tiny mention in The Name of the Doctor has been completely forgotten about.

Personally I think it would have been great if they had brought him back as the main villain for one of Peter Capaldi’s seasons.

I would have loved it if they had used the fan theory that Handy was actually the Valeyard.

Now for those of you who don’t know who he is, Handy was the clone of the Doctor that was created in the season 4 finale The Stolen Earth/Journey’s End, who eventually went off to live with Rose Tyler in another universe.

Fans have been speculating that he was the Valeyard since the story aired, and the 2009 comic book miniseries The Forgotten got in on the idea by having the Meta Crisis Doctor seemingly return, only now going by the name of the Valeyard! Ultimately this version of the Valeyard was later revealed to be just a dream, but it still shows you how popular the theory is.

Now obviously its never good to just use every fan theory, but I do think there is a lot of potential in this one.

To start with it would be an absolutely sensational story. Think about it, the Doctor would be facing the minions of an enemy who knows him better than anyone else and also hates him more than anyone else in the universe.

Naturally viewers would think it was the Master, but then at the end of the episode David Tennant would emerge, much older looking and full of hate.

Of course you’d have to explain how the Valeyard went from looking like David Tennant to Michael Jayston, as well as what happened to Rose.

Personally I see it as going like this. The Doctor and Handy were mistaken as to how much Time Lord DNA Handy had. They both thought he would age like a human, and whilst he did only have one life,  it was ultimately the same length as an individual Time Lord incarnation’s life span and thus far longer than a human one.

As a result he outlived Rose. They still had a happy life together. You wouldn’t undo that, but after she died of old age, Handy would start to go mad. With no one to curb his darker impulses, and being left on earth, one planet, outliving everyone he loved, Handy would grow to resent the Doctor.

He’d have a point when you think about it, as what was it the Doctor exiled him for exactly? Destroying the Daleks? Kind of hypocritical when in the next story Dalek story, Victory he tried to wipe them out!

Handy would kind of be like the Doctors version of Khan from Star Trek. The villain who does have a genuine grievance against the main character, as the hero did just stick them somewhere and then forgot about them.

When he returned to make the Doctor pay (having found a way to travel between universes somehow) he would try and steal 12’s new regeneration cycle. He would manage to steal one regeneration from the Doctors new cycle during the story.

At the end of the two parter we would see Handy regenerate into a young Michael Jayston, which would be achieved the same way that the young John Hurt was in The Night of the Doctor.

The Valeyard would then reappear in the season finale, played by Michael Jayston the age he is now, (with Trial of a Time Lord having happened in between from the Valeyards perspective.) This story would then mark the final showdown between the Doctor.

I think it would be interesting to have the Valeyard use the Moment against the Doctor.

The Doctor must have put the moment somewhere safe. Its the most powerful weapon in the universe remember so he’s not likely to just leave it lying around. He wouldn’t kill it as its sentient, and he probably wouldn’t trust himself with it after he believed he burned Gallifrey, and he couldn’t give it back to the Time Lords, so it must have hid it somewhere.

The Valeyard meanwhile who has all of the Doctors memories would know where it was stashed and so he could capture it and use it as a weapon.

The Valeyard would cannibalise it and use it to create a paradox machine type weapon that could control the universe.

This could also explain how he intended to steal the 6th Doctors remaining lives in Trial of a Time Lord without wiping himself from history.

In the finale the Moment would be struggling to break free from his control whilst the Doctor would perhaps be forced to work with one of his enemies like the Rani to bring down the Valeyard.

I think it would be a great way of linking Old and New Who together. You’d bring the Time War story arc, the Doctor/Rose love story, and the Trial story arc all together.

I’m really annoyed that they didn’t take the golden opportunity to do this story arc.

10/ The Rani

A very underused villain. The Rani in some ways is just as interesting a character as the Master himself.

Unlike the Master or Davros the Rani did not seek to conquer the universe. She was a great scientist back on Gallifrey and simply seeks to further her experiments which she believes are for the greater good of the universe.

She is not above experimenting on animals however and sadly to her that’s all human beings are. She has a point in a way. Human beings are billions of years behind Time Lords, as seen with Donna a human can’t contain the knowledge of even a lowly Time Lord like the Doctor without dying!

Added to that our life spans are pitifully short compared to theirs. One Time Lord’s incarnation can last for 1100 years alone. So yeah really we’re tadpoles compared to Time Lords.

Now given the horrifying ways we mistreat animals can we really have that much of a moral high ground to the Rani. Can the Doctor?

DOCTOR: These are human beings, Rani. Living creatures that have done you no harm. 
RANI: They’re carnivores. What harm have the animals in the fields done them? The rabbits they snare, the sheep they nourish to slaughter. Do they worry about the lesser species when they sink their teeth into a lamb chop? 

The Rani also somewhat refreshingly isn’t utterly obsessed with the Doctor either. She simply regards him as a nuisance, and really tends to view both the Doctor and the Master as nothing but a pair of sad gits!

RANI: You were expecting to see the Master? 
DOCTOR: To see? Not exactly. He was burnt to a crisp the last time I saw him. 
RANI: Your smugness is misplaced. He’s here. He’s very much alive and he wants vengeance, curse the pair of you. 
DOCTOR: Well, since we’re insulting each other, I can’t say I care much for your taste in clothes. Doesn’t do a thing for you. 
RANI: Hmm, your regeneration’s not too attractive, either. But at least I can change my appearance. You’re stuck with what you’ve got. 
DOCTOR: My face is of no importance. Brain regeneration is what I need. I should have been able to pin this one down to you. Personality changes, probably due to an imbalance in body chemicals. Yes, you’re the obvious culprit. Well, you had me fooled, if that’s any consolation. 
RANI: It isn’t. 

What’s interesting about the Rani and the Master is that they balance each other out.

In some ways the Master is worse, as all he cares about is power for himself, and his own petty feud with the Doctor.

At the same time however the Rani is in some ways worse as the Master at the very least the Master still views human beings as intelligent beings.

Ironically in his own twisted way the Master loves the earth as much as humanity does, which is why he is always trying to rule us, instead of say the Ice Warriors.

The Rani however sees us as just pests insects and that’s why she experiments on us rather than (in her mind) an intelligent race.

Whilst the Master can have respect for the Doctors human allies and companions like Jo Grant and Martha Jones, the Rani will just view us as lab rats, and in some ways that makes her even more terrifying.

The Rani is also in some ways far more intelligent than the Master or the Doctor. The Doctor and the Master back on Gallifrey were miserable little nobodies. Both were failures at the Academy, (with the Doctor only scraping by with 50 percent on the second attempt.)

The Rani meanwhile was once one of the greatest scientific minds on Gallifrey, responsible for many great advances in technology, who ultimately was forced to go into exile after one of her experiments went wrong.

She is therefore capable of many great things that neither the Master or Doctor are, and her TARDIS is also vastly superior too.

At the same time however the Master is a more experience criminal, and is far more sly than the Rani. When they first meet she has nothing but contempt for him, but the Master is able to trick her and manipulate her by playing on her pride until eventually she agrees to help him.

RANI: At last you’re back, you incompetent egoist. Give me my phial. 
MASTER: This? The precious brain fluid? And I thought you were waiting for me. 
RANI: If I didn’t need that desperately, I’d have put light years between us. 
MASTER: What better reason could I have for keeping it? 
RANI: You’ll play that card once to often. With you on the scene, I might be wiser to cut my losses and go. 
MASTER: Perhaps this will make you change your mind. Read it. 
(Stephenson’s letter.) 
RANI: The meeting’s been cancelled? 
MASTER: No, it was never delivered. 
RANI: Well 
MASTER: You disappoint me. A scientist and you’re not thinking objectively. Davy, Faraday, Telford and others. Over twenty men of genius. Have you no conception of what we could achieve if we control them? Harness their genius, and this planet could become the platform for the most devastating power in the universe. 
RANI: You’re forgetting, I already rule a planet. Miasimia Goria. 
MASTER: Help me, and I promise you all the facilities you need. Instead of sneaking back here in disguise, you’ll be able to set up a laboratory and process as many humans as you choose. A hundred, a thousand, there are millions of them. 
RANI: What guarantee would I have? 
MASTER: My need. That unique box of parasites will not go far. Only you have the formula. 
RANI: The Time Lords will never permit it.                                                                        MASTER: Who’s going to alert them?
RANI: Indeed.

You can see how the two villains balance each other out quite well and make an effective team. Its not like Doomsday where the Cybermen just get completely undermined. Both villains play on each others strengths and weaknesses to get what they want.

Another interesting aspect of the Rani’s character is that she loves Dinosaurs as much as the Doctor loves humans. In her first story she even keeps several Tyrannosaurus Rex’s as pets!

Personally I think its very short sighted to assume that NOTHING interesting could be done with this villain, just because her second story, Time and the Rani was crap.

I’m not going to defend Time and the Rani. It is terrible, but its hardly because the Rani is the main villain in it. The story had everything going against it. McCoy was cast at the last minute, Andrew Cartmel had no experience with tv, the team were told to make it camper and sillier by Michael Grade (who said that it was to counteract the “it was too violent” criticisms but in actual fact it was just to harm it.)

All of these factors would have made it a crap story whether it was the Rani, the Cybermen, the Daleks or the Master who was the main villain. I might add the Master and the Cybermen have been in far worse stories than Time and the Rani in New Who, like Dark Water/Death in Heaven.

There is so much that could be done with the Rani in New Who. Like what happened to her during the Time War? Did she perhaps create many of the monstrosities that the Tenth Doctor described during the final days of the war, perhaps as weapons to destroy the Daleks that backfired?

You could have the Rani try and capture the Doctor to find out how the Time Lords were able to give him more regenerations. The secret of more regenerations was always presumably something that the high council kept locked up secret.

Now however that they were gone, and the Doctor had been given new lives you could have the Rani try and find a way to discover the secret from the Doctors bones!

I also think it would be interesting to explore her relationship with the Silurians. We know she loves Dinosaurs, and since the Silurians are for all intents and purposes Dinosaur people, then presumably she would think there was some potential in their race.

I think it would be interesting if you had the Doctor travel back to the time of the Silurians and discover that to them the Rani is a hero. The Rani would not few the Silurians as just animals the way she does humanity (as the Silurians were always more advanced than humanity.)

She could have saved them from alien invasions, diseases, and helped build up their society much to the Doctors shock.

You could also do an interesting story where the Rani tries to aid the Silurians in stopping the asteroid from landing (which caused them to retreat underground and go into hibernation, later allowing humanity to take over in their absence.)

I think this would have been an interesting idea for a story as it would have in some ways cast the Doctor as the villain of the piece.

The Doctor would obviously have to sabotage the Silurians and the Rani’s attempts to build the rocket, forcing them to go underground in order to save humanity, but at the same time he would be basically dooming the Silurians.

The Doctor would not have the moral high ground, as he would essentially be destroying one civilisation in order to allow another one to exist in its place, but at the same time the Rani obviously wouldn’t either as she would be trying to wipe humanity from existence. It would be a fight between two Time Lords for the future of their favourite races which I think could be an interesting conflict.

You would also have the Rani and the Master work together again at some point too.

Sarah Parish and Juliet Aubrey would be my top two choices for the Rani. Both have experience playing villains in genre series. Aubrey’s character from the British sci fi series Primeval is somewhat similar to the Rani in that she is a ruthless scientist who seems to prefer Dinosaurs to people!)

Parish and Aubrey also both look more mature, cerebral, yet also somewhat cruel like Kate O’Mara (though I’m sure they’re lovely people in real life.)

Sarah Parish

Juliet Aubrey

I would have LOVED to have seen either of these actresses opposite Robert Carlyle as the Master.

The reasons that Steven Moffat always gave for not bringing the Rani back were so lame. He claimed no one would know who she was. Really? That why you brought back the Great Intelligence, the Autons, the Silurians and fucking Coal Hill School?

Really I think its a shame that we didn’t get to see at least one Rani story in New Who.

11/ Romana

Romana is a great character who I think should have been brought back along with Gallifrey.

There is a lot of room for development as the character was meant to have been the President of Gallifrey during the war, but was at some stage dethroned by Rassilon. It seems likely that the Time Lords felt she wasn’t the right person to lead them against the Daleks.

They would have chosen Rassilon, simply because he was more ruthless and vicious, which eventually led to the corruption of their society in general.

When she returned Romana could perhaps be a more embittered, resentful character at first who would gradually soften up and return to her old self at first.

If Romana’s reintroduction went well, then I would have given her, her own series instead of Class.

There’s a lot of value in a Romana spin off. To start with I feel it would have got round the whole female Doctor debate rather nicely. Also I think that with Romana for once you’d have a Time Lord character that you could flesh out a bit more.

The thing about the Doctor and the Master is that they are meant to be mysterious so you can’t really expand on their backstory at all.

Romana could be a totally different hero, with her own set of enemies, companions, her own TARDIS, and you could also have brilliant crossovers between Doctor Who and Romana.

Also a Romana show would be the only one that could ever rival Doctor Who as it could potentially run for as long, as the character of Romana can change her face too.

As for who could play Romana well I think Dawn Steele and Katie McGrath would be great choices.

Dawn Steele

Katie McGrath

To be honest I think Katie would probably be better opposite Capaldi. As Dawn is Scottish then it would probably look like a Scottish mafia if the Doctor, the Master and Romana were all Scottish, though Dawn could always play a later incarnation of Romana down the line in her own show.

12/ Rassilon

I think Rassilon would have been a good villain for 12. Of course they did have him face 12 in Hell Bent, but not only did I not like that episode (in fact I think its another contender for the worst episode of all time after Dark Water/Death in Heaven)

I also did not like Donald Sumpters performance as Rassilon either. He is a good actor, but that version of what was supposed to be the most powerful Time Lord of them all was just too ineffective and weak.

I think Brian Blessed would have been an amazing choice for Rassilon. Brian is a massive Doctor Who fan, and he’s good at playing, big, grandoise, mighty characters (to say the least.)

I think Rassilon could have been an interesting opponent for 12 and the Master. You could have it that at the climax of the End of Time, Rassilon and the Master fell through the vortex together and didn’t end up on Gallifrey but somewhere else (with both of them regenerating at the same time.)

Rassilon would be such a threat that the Doctor and the Master would be forced to team up at one point. Remember the Master hates Rassilon more than he does the Doctor, so there could be room for some quite interesting conflict between Robert Carlyle and Brian Blessed.

I can just see a scene where Rassilon mocks the Master telling him that ironically the Master has been nothing but his pawn for his entire life, which in a way is true.

Rassilon is a character whose history on television has always been a bit sketchy, but there is plenty of spin off material you could draw from to flesh him out on screen.

13/ Historicals

Now the historicals were stories which featured the Doctor travelling back to the past, but there not being any other sci fi elements other than the Doctor himself.

Whilst unpopular at the time many historicals such as Marco Polo and the Crusades have since gone on to become among the highest rate 60’s stories.

Sadly however other than Black Orchid, a short, two part 80’s story, there haven’t been any attempt at pure historicals since the Troughton era!

Personally I think its time for a comeback. Given that Peter wanted to draw on the First Doctors era for inspiration.

Whilst the historicals were big flops during the 60’s, I think times have moved on. You have to remember that back then Doctor Who was a sensation because of its monsters like the Daleks and the Cybermen. So naturally people would be upset when they didn’t appear.

However in later years I’d say that Doctor Who became more popular because of the variety of its stories. Really I don’t think the odd historical would upset viewers too much, and if well researched and written I think they could end up being very popular too.

14/ Different Music

Now I don’t hate Murray Gold. I’ve liked a lot of his work for the show, but after 10 years (when Peter first took over) it was time for a change.

I also find that Gold’s music can be intrusive at certain points too. Its always so loud and jarring and boisterous which is fine for a big moment like Capaldi blasting the shit out of the Cybermen, but I’d rather that there not be music ALL the time, and for there to be more subtle, quiet music for more low key, spooky scenes such as the Cybermen creeping up on their victims.

15/ Less Soap Opera

A part of the reason that I wanted Osgood and Journey Blue to be the two companions is because I feel that they would cut out the soap opera elements.

New Who tends to focus too much on the companion for my liking. Worse the companions life is often an everyday boring thing. Really Doctor Who is a sci fi show first and foremost.

Now I understand that a lot of fans and viewers like these scenes as they do help to flesh the companions out.

So I’d see a happy compromise simply being to have the companions home life being more sci fi oriented, like Osgood and Journey Blue. Osgood works for an organisation designed to track down aliens, whilst Journey comes from the future with the Daleks so if you did go back to their home lives then it wouldn’t just be sitting in a kitchen with Clara’s family or eating chips with Jackie Tyle and Mickey.

Conclusion

I think that if the 12th Doctors era had been a return to more adventure based stories, had explored the search for Gallifrey story arc, and featured more Time Lord characters then it would have been better.

I see the ideal layout of the Capaldi era overall being this.

1/ Capaldi does 5 years.

2/ The Daleks, the Robert Carlyle version of the Master and the Brian Blessed version of Rassilon are the most recurring old enemies throughout his era (with other old enemies only appearing fleetingly, maybe once or twice each in his era. The rest of the time, its all new villains.)

3/ Return to historicals and stories set on alien planets. NO stories about the companions home life

4/ Capaldi is not undermined for his companions.

5/ Focus is put on Capaldi rather than on setting things up for the next Doctor to be a woman.

Sadly however I feel that they wasted Capaldi for the 4 years they had him. Still you might feel differently or have your own ideas about the series, so let me know in the comments below.

Thanks for reading.

 

 

Could A Doctor Who/Star Trek Crossover Work?

Doctor Who and Star Trek are the two longest running and most beloved sci fi television series.

Whilst there is something of a rivalry between the shows, its a very friendly one. Many people who have worked on Star Trek and Doctor Who are friends with one another (such as William Shatner and John Barrowman, and Jon Pertwee and James Doohan), whilst many prominent people who’ve worked on both series are fans of the other show.

In fact at least 3 actors who played the Doctor, Patrick Troughton, Richard Hurndall, and Christopher Eccelston have all said that they preferred Star Trek to Doctor Who.

Leonard Nimoy meanwhile actually tried to revive Doctor Who in the 90’s as a series of films, after having fallen in love with the show whilst researching it, but sadly he was ultimately unsuccessful in his attempts to bring it back.

Not surprisingly given the positive relationship between both series there has actually already been a comic book crossover miniseries, Assimilation 2, which saw the Borg and the Cybermen (two major antagonists from both series who are somewhat similar to one another) team up against the 11th Doctor and Enterprise D.  It was a good crossover, but sadly that’s all there has been despite the goodwill between the two shows.

In this article I am going to explore ways in which Star Trek/Doctor Who crossovers could have worked on tv.

3 Things A Crossover Would Have Had To Do

Make Sure That They Don’t Exist In The Same Universe

Whilst its a charming notion that Doctor Who and Star Trek take place in the same continuity, ultimately its one that wouldn’t work in practice.

Doctor Who and Star Trek have two such vast continuity’s and histories, that its often hard to try and make all of their own stories fit in together. Trying to squeeze all of the adventures from another equally long franchise in there as well would be impossible.

The easiest way would simply be to have the two series take place in alternate universes to one another. That way you really get the best of both worlds as you can still have them be linked in some way, but ultimately you would avoid making both series history even more muddled and contradictory.

Also I think this would open up more interesting story possibilities. You’d have the Doctor fall through a portal into the Trek universe (or the Enterprise fall through a portal into the Who universe) and then have a stranger in a strange land type of scenario.

For once the Doctor wouldn’t know ANYTHING about the Trek universe and its creatures, which would be refreshing (particularly with the way the Doctor has been god moded in New Who.) Whilst if you did it with the crew of the Enterprise you could have them explore the history of the earth in the Who universe that would obviously be totally different to the one they are accustomed too.

Indeed the future of humanity in Doctor Who is not always presented as being rosey like it is in Star Trek. Not only are there periods where humanity are conquered by monsters like the Daleks, but the humans themselves in stories like Frontier in Space and Planet of the Ood aren’t always presented as the good guys either.

Also the laws of both universes are different too. Time travel is ironically much easier in the Trek universe, whilst in the Who universe travel between other universes is much harder. So again perhaps the Doctor would be appalled at Kirk’s more cavalier attitude towards time travel (just like the department of temporal investigations were in Deep Space 9), whilst at the same time if the Enterprise got stuck in the Who universe then it might not be able to escape back into its own quite so easily.

Also you could explore the differences between the Who universe and the Trek universe’s histories to one another and explain why certain races exist in both universes such as humanity, whilst others such as the Klingons evidently don’t.

I tend to see it as being like this. In the Who universe no life ever evolved on Vulcan. The Vulcan we see in Power of the Daleks IS an alternate version of the Star Trek Vulcan, but its a barren lifeless husk as the circumstances on this planet simply didn’t allow life to evolve. Maybe in the Who universe Vulcan was struck by an asteroid before any intelligent life could evolve and made the planet barren.

As there were no Vulcans there were no Romulans either. Meanwhile as for the Klingons, lets just say in the Doctor Who universe they never ended up becoming a war like race. In the Doctor Who universe Kahless was killed before he could unite the Klingon Empire and they wiped themselves out. Thus in the Who universe the Klingons were wiped out before they could ever be a big presence.

As for the Earth’s history well I see it like this. In the Who universe history went different from the 70’s on. In Day of the Daleks, earth is shown to be on the brink of a Third World War. In Day of the Daleks this is averted, thus there were no eugenics wars in the Who universe and therefore no Khan.

I know that the World War 3 we saw in Day of the Daleks wasn’t the Eugenics wars, but lets just say that was yet another different version. After all there are multiple possible futures for any event no matter how trivial, so lets just say it goes like this. For Sir Reginald Styles peace conference one possible outcome was that he was able to reach peace which is what happened in the Doctor Who universe. Another was that it didn’t work and then led to the Eugenics wars decades later.

The bad future in Day of the Daleks meanwhile was created by the Daleks (or rather the rebels) tampering with history by killing Styles and caused a war to break out instantly, as opposed to in the Star Trek universe where Styles actions simply didn’t ease tensions, but didn’t lead to an all out war.

Earth’s history would also be changed by the fact that there were no Vulcans to make contact with them in the Doctor Who universe. They were also later conquered by the Daleks in the 22nd century too which obviously held them back by many years too. Humanity’s experience at the Daleks hands may also have made them slightly harder to other races as seen in various Doctor Who stories such as The Mutants.

It makes sense after all. In one universe humanity’s first proper contact was with the Vulcans, a peaceful race and as a result they built up the United Federation of Planets, whilst in another their first contact was with the Daleks, the most evil race in the universe, which instead lead to them building the Earth Empire as seen in stories like Frontier in Space.

As for the Daleks and the Time Lords place in the Trek universe well. Lets assume that in this reality, the Doctor was never born, and another member of the CIA was sent to disrupt the genesis of the Daleks. Unfortunately this agent buggered things up and was captured by Davros. Davros was able to download all the info from his mind about the Time Lords into the Daleks databanks.

The Daleks came to see destroying the Time Lords as their most important goal due to the fact that the Time Lords could wipe them out at any point. The Daleks took the fight to the Time Lords much earlier as a result before they bothered with other lesser races like human beings (who they believed they would dispose of at a later date.)

The Time War was fought on a much smaller scale as neither race were as powerful when it happened, and it ended in the total extermination of both the Daleks and the Time Lords before the Daleks could ever reach the earth or even our galaxy.

As for the Cybermen and the Borg, well I see it going like this. In the Who universe as we know the Cybermen began on the planet Mondas. They were originally humanoid life forms who slowly removed their organic components and transformed themselves into emotionless machine creatures who sought to do the same to all other life forms in the universe.

Eventually however their planet Mondas was destroyed during a botched invasion of the earth in the year 1986 which nearly wiped out their kind. Though they would later establish a second base on Telos, they never became the intergalactic power they had once been on Mondas.

In the Trek universe however, what if the Mondasians only partially converted themselves? They still by and large became machine creatures, but they left some organic components behind as that way they did not have to waste so many resources doing a full body conversion.

These Cybermen later simply left Mondas and managed to take over a galaxy many light years away where they would eventually become known as The Borg!

The turning point was when the Mondasians of the Trek universe found a way to convert their victims using nanoprobes which was more efficient for them than full body conversions the Mondasians of the Doctors universe used. 

The Voth and the Silurians meanwhile can also be considered counterparts to one another. In the Who universe the creatures were unable to leave their planet and forced to go into hibernation on earth, whilst the Voth were able to leave and settled in the Delta Quadrant.

Over the next 65 million years, the Voth obviously evolved into a different life form, but still ultimately they evolved from the Trek universes version of the Silurians.

Finally as to why there are no Sontarans in the Trek universe, well its not so unreasonable to simply assume that they wiped themselves out in a war thousands of years ago.

Overall I think there would be a lot more scope for stories and no danger of continuity problems if Doctor Who and Star Trek were in separate universes.

Do NOT Have The Villains Fight

The worst thing about crossovers is that often whoever is writing them is a fan of one series or character more. Now this isn’t normally a problem when its the heroes. Ultimately even the most uber fanboy isn’t going to completely undermine one hero for another.

However sadly when it comes to villains often one will be completely undermined in favour of the other based simply on who the authors favourite is.

Look at Batman and Superman. Whenever they meet the writers are always so careful to show how both heroes are effective in different ways, have moments where they save each other, and make sure they BOTH play a part in saving the day.

With the Joker and Lex Luthor, their two most iconic enemies however? The Joker (who is overall the more popular villain. No one playing Lex has ever won an Oscar for playing Lex for instance.) Has so far across animation, and comic books outwitted Lex, captured him and used his own Lex wing to nearly destroy his entire life’s work (with Lex only being saved by Batman and Superman), captured and almost tortured Lex Luthor to death, killed him over and over again, and beat him up in unarmed combat, whilst lecturing him about how much better a villain he is than Lex.

To be fair Lex did get a good insult in against the Joker, but at the end of the day, he was the one who was almost tortured to death.

The Simpsons/Family Guy crossover also whilst having Peter and Homer’s epic fight end in a draw, had Stewie Griffin the main villain from Family Guy capture and brutally torture Sideshow Bob and Nelson Muntz two major recurring antagonists from The Simpsons.

Then of course there is Alien Vs Predator Requiem which completely undermines the Alien for the Predator. The Aliens barely kill any Predators on screen in the film whilst one Predator mows its way through the Aliens, slicing and dicing them, blowing them up, and battering them away.

The crossover series Once Upon A Time meanwhile has regularly undermined one villain for another.

The Sheriff of Nottingham, Robin Hood’s archenemy got tortured by the Evil Queen, Snow White’s archenemy (after an unsuccessful attempt to seduce her.)

He had already got the shit kicked out of him by Rumplestitlskin, another famous fairy tale villain earlier.

Sad day for Robin Hood fans. If it had been Paul Darrow or Alan Rickman’s Sheriff’s however they would have found a way to talk themselves out of it and convince Rumple to follow them. This Sheriff was crap however.

In the classic movie King Kong vs Godzilla, Kong actually beats Godzilla. It is somewhat left open as both monsters fall into the sea and we merely see Kong fleeing, but ultimately the intention of the film makers at least was that Kong won, and the next time we see Godzilla he is a bit beat up.

Even within Doctor Who itself look at the Daleks vs Cybermen battle. The Daleks and the Cybermen were the Doctors two greatest adversaries, but they never met onscreen for 40 plus years until the 2006 story Doomsday.

Sadly when they did finally clash, it wasn’t a fight, as the Daleks slaughtered the Cybermen. 5 million Cybermen weren’t even able to chip the paint off the casing of one Dalek.

Finally even the actual Doctor Who/Star Trek crossover itself, “Assimilation 2” was guilty of this. It had the Cybermen completely and utterly thrash the Borg.

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Assimilation is pretty much exactly the same as the Batman/Superman crossovers, in that it goes to such great lengths to make sure that neither the Doctor nor Picard are undermined for each other, but sadly when its the villains turn then the Borg are just made into completely second rate monsters compared to the Cybermen.

Of course the great irony is that by undermining one heroes villains for another, then you actually do end up undermining one hero for another. After all if the Cybermen can thrash the Borg so effortlessly, the Borg who gave Picard more trouble than anyone else (save Q). Then the Doctor who regularly beats the Cybermen is obviously better than Picard.

I’m not saying you can’t have the villains meet. It might be quite interesting to have the Daleks and the Klingons work together to take on a bigger threat, or to have the Master try and manipulate a Star Trek race like the Romulans into helping him rule the universe.

However definitely do not have them fight. You might be thinking “well its not so bad if one villain is already vastly more powerful than another anyway”, but even then I think that’s a weak argument.

Yes its fun to debate “who would win in a fight between so and so”, which is something I have done before, but ultimately as none of this is real then really a writer can decide anything they want in terms of a villains power.

For instance at one point the Daleks could be killed by being pulled over a rug, but another writer then made them so powerful that they could destroy every universe!

The only way you could have say the Cybermen and the Romulans fight is if you made it a draw, or at least showed them both being capable of killing each other, but perhaps the Cybermen would win this fight because they had greater numbers, or get lucky, or even just tricked the Romulans.

You certainly couldn’t have it that the Romulan’s weaponry was completely ineffective against the Cybermen, as when you do that you are just making one franchises villains lesser than the other. A crossover is supposed to be a celebration of two great franchises coming together. Its NOT supposed to be the writer of that particular stories favourite one pissing all over the other.

Make Sure The Right Doctor Meets The Right Star Ship Captain

Ironically Jon Pertwee has said “Beam Me Up Scotty” whilst William Shatner never has.

There have been many different versions of Doctor Who and Star Trek over the years, and not all of them would mesh together.

For instance I don’t think a crossover with 60’s Who and Trek would really work. Stylistically they would be just too different.

60’s Trek was famous for its beautiful sets, bright colours, up beat premise where everything had worked out for humanity, and featured aliens who were more human and could interact with people in different ways.

60’s Who however was in black and white, was renowned for being scary, its sets were dark, and claustrophobic, like the ice tombs of Telos, and obviously its most famous aliens were hideous monsters that wanted to take over the universe like the Daleks and the Cybermen.

You can see how those two worlds aren’t going to mesh. One is ultimately going to swallow up the other. Either you will have to have the first or second Doctor in colour and face more Star Trek type aliens, IE creatures who are more human, sympathetic, and in the process lose everything that made 60’s Who great, its scary monsters, creaky sets and spooky atmosphere.

Or you are going to have the Enterprise in black and white, and the crew of the USS Enterprise fight over the top monsters, and in doing so lose everything that made the original Trek so great, its bright, beautiful sets, more human aliens who were able to interact with the crew in all kinds of fascinating ways, and more up beat, progressive tone.

A 60’s Who/Trek mashup would really be out of the question, which is a shame as they are two of the best era’s for either franchise, but sadly they are just too different.

However I think you could have had a great crossover between the Jon Pertwee era of Doctor Who and Star Trek.

The Jon Pertwee era of Doctor Who was in colour, and its stories tended to be a bit more political at times just like Star Trek. Overall I think Trek and Who were just fun escapist series most of the time, but occasionally they could touch on some topical issues, and I think you see that more in the Pertwee era than any other.

Also I think the aliens and creatures in the Pertwee era of Doctor Who tended to be a bit more sympathetic and human than they were in 60’s Who. You had creatures like the Silurians, the Draconians and the Sea Devils for instance who were just like us, capable of being good and evil, and villains like Omega who were genuinely tragic and sympathetic villains. Even old favourites like the Ice Warriors were shown to be capable of being good and evil too.

The Third Doctor is not entirely unlike Captain Kirk as a hero either. They both are action heroes who get into big over the top fight scenes, both also are fond of giving big cheesy speeches about morality, and both work for an organisation, UNIT and the Federation where they are respected, but at the same time mavericks who don’t always play by the rules and like to do things their own way.

The Pertwee era of Doctor Who I think was actually inspired by Star Trek to an extent. It drew from many things of course, but still I think Star Trek was in the minds of the makers of the show quite often.

Star Trek was first shown in the United Kingdom in 1969. Ironically Star Trek was far more popular at first in Britain than it had been in its native USA. It was a huge sensation in Britain in the early 70’s, whilst in America though it had developed a strong cult following, it was actually a huge flop in the 60’s.

Its worth noting that Jon Pertwee was a massive fan of Star Trek and used to watch it with his children whilst he was the current Doctor.

Many Pertwee stories appear to have been inspired by, or at least bare a strong resemblance to classic episodes of Star Trek The Original series.

The Curse and Monster of Peladon, both deal with the Doctor trying to convince a primitive planet to join the Federation, an organisation started by the earth which is a unification of several planets. The Curse of Peladon much like the Star Trek episode Journey to Babel is also a whodunnit type story with all of the delegates being accused of a murder and attempts to sabotage the peace process.

The Doctor Who adventure Frontier in Space meanwhile also bares some similarities to the various Klingon episodes of the original series particularly the story Day of the Dove. It revolves around humanity’s tense relations with another proud warrior race, the Draconians, with both having established a frontier in space just like the neutral zone between the Klingons and the Federation.

The Daleks and the Master meanwhile plan to provoke a war between the Draconians and humans, using powerful mind control techniques, and illusions, combined with playing on the already existing prejudices between both races. In Day of the Dove a highly advanced alien similarly pits the Klingons and the humans against each other through mind control techniques, illusions and again playing on the existing hatred between both species.

The Pertwee classic Inferno meanwhile which sees the Doctor travel to an alternate universe and encounter evil versions of his friends such as the Brigadier, Liz Shaw etc, (with the evil Brig having an eye patch.) Has often been compared to the iconic Star Trek episode Mirror Mirror where Kirk, Uhura and McCoy travel to an alternate universe where they encounter evil versions of the main cast (with the evil Spock famously having a beard to distinguish him from the original.)

Finally the Doctor Who story, The Mind of Evil is somewhat similar to the Star Trek episode The Dagger of the Mind.

The Mind of Evil sees the Doctors nemesis the Master create a machine that can remove evil from people’s minds which he tests on criminals. In The Dagger of the Mind meanwhile there is a machine that is similarly used to rehabilitate prisoners by purging their minds of evil thoughts.

Both machines are at one point used on the main heroes, The Doctor and Captain Kirk. and nearly destroy their minds.

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Overall I think its fair to say that Star Trek was one of the major influences of 70’s Who and thus its not hard to see how a Pertwee era Doctor Who and an original series Star Trek crossover might have been really good.

I’d LOVE to have seen a fight between Jon Pertwee and William Shatner. You’d obviously have to have it be a draw, but still it would would have been a brilliant fight scene.

You can see how Kirk and Pertwee’s Doctor would be a good match for each other, though Kirk definitely had the better fighting music.

As for the 4th Doctor and Star Trek the original series, well, that is obviously the crossover that everyone would have wanted to see.

Tom Baker and William Shatner are unquestionably sci fi’s two most famous leading men on tv. Both huge hams, with massive all encompassing personalities. Get those two in the one episode and you almost wouldn’t need a story!

I don’t think the Tom Baker era would be quite as perfect a fit for the original series of Star Trek as the Pertwee era, but at the same time unlike with 60’s Who I can see this crossover actually working because of their differences.

Tom Bakers era was a little bit darker, and edgier than Pertwee’s. It tended to draw on old horror movies for inspiration, and was less up beat than Star Trek.

However that could have worked as it might have been interesting to see Captain Kirk go up against an enemy that was devoid of any kind of redeeming features.

The villains in the Tom Baker era tended to be absolute monsters like Sutekh, Morbius, Davros and Magnus Creel. All of these characters are not only absolute pure evil, but they are horrifying even just to look at too.

In Star Trek the original series meanwhile most of the villains were sympathetic, and in a lot of episodes Kirk was even able to reach a compromise with them.

Even Khan arguably one of the most evil original series villains, did genuinely love his wife, and want the best for his people. You can even have sympathy for him at certain points in Wrath of Khan, such as when his most devoted follower dies in his arms and Khan vows that he will avenge him. You could never have sympathy for a villain like Sutekh however.

It would be a knew and scary environment for the crew of the USS Enterprise to face an enemy like this. or Davros

I think Spock’s reaction to a monster like Sutekh in particular would be very interesting. Spock relies on logic. Normally he can understand most of the villains actions, even if he obviously doesn’t condone them. Khan for instance genuinely believes than under his rule the world will be a better place as he is smarter and stronger than the average person.

With Sutekh however there is nothing logical about his plans. He is just irrational hatred, and senseless cruelty, yet he is not insane. It would be hard for Spock to understand his actions in any kind of way.

At the same time however it would be interesting to see the 4th Doctor interact with the crew of the USS Enterprise as they are obviously somewhat more hopeful and merciful than the 4th Doctor who tends to be a bit more of a sombre, brooding, even at times a callous hero, who is far more willing to murder his enemies.

Imagine Doctor McCoy’s reaction to the Doctors callous dismissal of Lawrence Scarman’s death in Pyramids of Mars for instance. No way would he have let the Doctor off with it as easy as Sarah Jane Smith did!

I think its quite funny actually how the general public often view the Doctor as a peaceful scientist who never uses weapons, whilst Captain Kirk is often dismissed as an action hero.

Obviously yes, Kirk is a man of action, whilst not all of the Doctors have been, but still when you watch the two shows, of the two of them the Doctor uses weapons and lethal force against his enemies far more often. Kirk actually most of the time tries to find a peaceful solution in dealing with his foes, and most of the time he succeeds. Very rarely does Kirk have to murder his opponents. Hell even Khan, his archenemy he gave a way out to at first (though we all know it went spectacularly wrong, but still at least he tried.)

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The Doctor has clearly never thought “We’re not gonna kill today”.

I can see the Doctor and Kirk clashing over the methods of dealing with their enemies in some instances. Obviously overall both men DO prefer a peaceful solution, but certainly the Doctor is more prepared to kill than Kirk or indeed any member of the Enterprise.

Though having said that I can also see the 4th Doctor having the utmost respect for the crew of the enterprise too. All of the Doctors love humanity, but the 4th Doctor had a particular love for the strength and perseverance of humans. One of his most defining moments is in the story The Ark in Space where he gives a speech about the indomitability of the human spirit.

“Homo sapiens. What an inventive, invincible species. Its only a few million years since they’ve crawled up out of the mud and learned to walk. Puny defenceless bipeds. They’ve survived flood, famine, and plague. They’ve survived cosmic wars and holocausts and now here they are amongst the stars, waiting to begin a new life, ready to outsit eternity. They’re indomitable, indomitable!”

With this in mind what greater example of the indomitable nature of the human race is there than the crew of the USS Enterprise?

Also finally I’d have loved to have seen a romance between Leela and Captain Kirk. She’d definitely be his type. Savage, alien warrior woman, and she always seemed to respect men who were brave, great leaders and tough guys too, so I think her and Kirk would have made a brilliant couple.

Of course having said all of that it is worth mentioning that some Tom Baker era Doctor Who stories were inspired by various episodes of Star Trek the original series too.

Philip Hinchliff and Robert Holmes who made the show in Tom’s early years were big fans of Star Trek. Though Holmes did bash Star Trek’s habit of having all perfect aliens show up and fix everything. It was actually this that motivated him to make the Doctors people the Time Lords more flawed and even somewhat degenerate in the story The Deadly Assassin.

Still he did watch Star Trek regularly and bits of it popped up now and again in his work on Doctor Who.

The story Planet of Evil, visually was inspired by Star Trek, and its plot bares some small similarities to the Star Trek episode The Alternative Factor with both involving careless experiments leading to a rip between this universe and one made of anti matter which threatens to destroy both.

On the official BBC website, The Alternative Factor is even listed among the influences on the story.

See here. BBC Planet of Evil

Pyramids of Mars also explores a similar idea to the Star Trek episode Who Mourns For Adonais.

Both revolve around the idea that the Gods from ancient mythology were actually aliens (in Star Trek’s case we meet the Greek God Apollo, whilst in Doctor Who’s we meet Suetekh the Egyptian God of evil.) Though such an idea has been done to death in the decades since, it was a fairly original concept at the time.

Finally the Talons of Weing Chiang is also similar to the Star Trek episode Conscience of the King.

Both revolve around a war criminal (Magnus Creel in the Doctors case, Kodos the executioner in Kirks) who is in hiding and who had previous dealings with the main character, Captain Kirk and the Doctor. Despite the atrocities they carried out, Creel and Kodos actually believe that they are hard done too, and had things gone a little differently then they would have been remembered as great men.

Creel attempted to master time travel, but all of his test subjects died gruesome deaths and eventually he was forced to flee to the 19th century using his own time machine which ended up horribly disfiguring him.

Kodos meanwhile in order to deal with a lack of resources on Tarsus Four slaughtered over 4000 people.

I always loved it when the Doctor and Kirk confront Creel and Kodos and let them know just how they are viewed by the rest of the world. Creel learns that all of his experiments were for nothing, whilst Kirk doesn’t buy into Kodos’ pity party for one second.

DOCTOR: I was with the Filipino army at the final advance on Reykjavik. 
WENG: How can you in the nineteenth century know anything of the fifty first? You lie! 
DOCTOR: Listen. What’s your name? What were you called before you became a Chinese god? 
WENG: I am Magnus Greel! 
DOCTOR: Oh, yes, the infamous Minister of Justice. The Butcher of Brisbane. 
(The Doctor moves a cockerel on the board.) 
DOCTOR: Checkmate. 
WENG: It is impossible for you to know these things! 
DOCTOR: I know you’re a wanted criminal and that a hundred thousand deaths can be laid at your door. 
WENG: Enemies of the state! They were used in the advancements of science. 
DOCTOR: They were slaughtered in your filthy machine. 
WENG: So, you are from the future, and I, for all my achievements, are only remembered as a war criminal. Of course, it is the winning side that writes history, Doctor. Remember, you would not be here if it were not for my work. 
DOCTOR: Your work? Your work? 
WENG: Yes! I made this possible. I found the resources, the scientists 
DOCTOR: The zigma experiments came to nothing. They were a failure. Nothing came of them. 
WENG: No! No, they were a success! Why, I used them to escape from my enemies. The first man to travel through time. 

DOCTOR: Hmm. Look what it did to you. 
WENG: A temporal distortion of my metabolism. It can be readjusted. 

DOCTOR: Greel, listen. If you activate the zigma beam, it’ll be certain death for all of us. 
WENG: Lies, Doctor. 
DOCTOR: Listen, Greel! Greel, listen! The zigma beam is at full stretch. If you trigger it again, it’ll mean certain collapse. You know what that means? 
WENG: You can’t fool me. 
DOCTOR: There’ll be a huge implosion, Greel, and you’ll be at the centre of it. The zigma experiments were a disaster! 
WENG: No, no, the zigma experiment was a success! A brilliant, total success!
KIRK: I’m sure you are. Are you Kodos? I asked you a question. 
KARIDIAN: Do you believe that I am? 
KIRK: I do. 
KARIDIAN: Then I am Kodos, if it pleases you to believe so. I am an actor. I play many parts. 
KIRK: You’re an actor now. What were you twenty years ago? 
KARIDIAN: Younger, Captain. Much younger. 
KIRK: So was I. But I remember. Let’s see if you do. Read this into that communicator on the wall. It will be recorded and compared to a piece of Kodos’ voice film we have in our files. The test is virtually infallible. It will tell us whether you’re Karidian, or Kodos the Executioner. (switches on comm.) Ready for voice test. Disguising your voice will make no difference. 
KARIDIAN: (reading) The revolution is successful, but survival depends on drastic measures. Your continued existence represents a threat to the well-being of society. (stops looking at the paper) Your lives means slow death to the more valued members of the colony. Therefore I have no alternative but to sentence you to death. Your execution is so ordered. Signed, Kodos, governor of Tarsus Four. 
KIRK: I remember the words. I wrote them down. You said them like you knew them. You hardly glanced at the paper. 
KARIDIAN: I learn my parts very quickly. 
KIRK: Are you sure? Are you sure you didn’t act this role out in front of a captive audience whom you blasted out of existence without mercy? 
KARIDIAN: I find your use of the word mercy strangely inappropriate, Captain. Here you stand, the perfect symbol of our technical society. Mechanised, electronicised, and not very human. You’ve done away with humanity, the striving of man to achieve greatness through his own resources. 
KIRK: We’ve armed man with tools. The striving for greatness continues. But Kodos 
KARIDIAN: Kodos, whoever he was 
KIRK: Or is. 
KARIDIAN: Or is. Kodos made a decision of life and death. Some had to die that others might live. You’re a man of decision, Captain. You ought to understand that. 
KIRK: All I understand is that four thousand people were needlessly butchered. 
KARIDIAN: In order to save four thousand others. And if the supply ships hadn’t come earlier than expected, this Kodos of yours might have gone down in history as a great hero.
KIRK: But he didn’t. And history has made its judgement. 

I always loved both of these scenes as they take you deep into the villains psyche. As evil as they may seem, Greel and Kodos clearly still feel some guilt, buried deep down for all they have done, and for years have tried to do all they can to justify it to themselves. “I was just doing what anyone would have done, it was all worth it in the end as we got time travel thanks to my work.” They’ve come to believe this crap so much that they now see themselves as the victims, but the Doctor and Kirk however shatter their delusions and they can’t take it, with Creel in particular screaming like a petulant child that his experiments were a success.

Both stories also play out like classic detective stories with the Doctor and Kirk having to piece together various clues to find Kodos and Creel.

So you can see how there was a bit of Star Trek in the Baker era too. Not quite as much as in Jon Pertwee’s time of course, and obviously though all of these Baker stories have similar basic plots to their Star Trek predecessors they are definitely done in a different style.

Still the fact that both era’s did explore similar themes, coupled with the fact that they were different in a number of other ways could have potentially led to a very interesting crossover between Star Trek the Original Series and the Tom Baker era of Doctor Who.

Moving on from the Tom Baker era, I don’t think 80’s Doctor Who would mesh very well with the original Trek which had graduated onto the big screen at that point, but I do think that there might have been quite an interesting crossover between Star Trek The Next Generation and mid to late 80’s Who.

Later Who and Trek were quite interesting in that they were an odd mix of the old and new styles. They were a bit more gritty than previous versions of Doctor Who and Star Trek, as popular sci fi at that point was becoming much darker overall like Alien, Blake’s 7, Bladerunner, the Terminator etc.

Gone were the cosy spaceships like the Jupiter 2 from Lost in Space, big beautiful bright colours of the original Star Trek and heroes who always triumphed over the monsters like the Doctor and Captain Kirk.

In their place were anti heroes who often lost like Blake and his crew, filthy, creepy, gritty looking spaceships like the Nostromo and main heroes who regularly lost or were even killed.

You can see this in many episodes of the Peter Davison and Colin Baker era’s of Doctor Who in particular as well as many episodes of The Next Generation. However at the same time both still keep up the original versions more old fashioned, up beat spirit.

Thankfully the Next Generation still portrayed the Federation as a utopia just like in the original series. 80’s Who meanwhile still kept up the original series fun sense of boys own adventure too.

Also the two shows explored similar ideas and themes too. The Cybermen who made a big comeback in the 80’s were obvious precursors to the Borg in the Next Generation.

Both were cybernetic races who began as organic life forms until they slowly replaced all of their body parts with machine components and now seek to do the same to all other life forms in the universe.

The Borg Queen is also similar in design to the Cyber Controller as both have a huge dome shaped head and an enlarged brain.

Its no secret that the Cybermen were an influence on the Borg. Many of the writers of the Next Generation were big Doctor Who fans and there are in fact quite a few references to Classic Who in the Next Generation from the actors of then all 6 actors who had played the Doctor appearing on a computer screen to the crew of the Enterprise encountering a time pod that was bigger on the inside than the outside.

I’d like to have seen Picard meet Colin Bakers Doctor. Both have such a large, commanding presence, but Picard is very much a by the book character. He is someone who is prepared to sacrifice a planet out of fear of going against the prime directive. The Doctor meanwhile obviously whilst there are things he wouldn’t do, I can see him thinking he has the right to go against the prime directive if it suited him, and really clashing with Picard over it.

Another crossover that would have been interesting would actually be between Star Trek Voyager and the First Doctor’s era. Obviously that would be unfeasable due to the fact that Voyager was made decades after William Hartnell who played the First Doctor had passed away. (Though I suppose you could have done a special with David Bradley as the First Doctor instead.)

Voyager and the original Hartnell episodes of Doctor Who both revolve around people being lost in space and trying desperately to return home. In Doctor Who’s case it is the Doctors companions Ian and Barbara who the Doctor actually kidnapped from 60’s earth. Every story from that point on sees the Doctor try and make amends by getting them back to their right time, though sadly as the TARDIS isn’t working at that point he is unable to return them to earth for two years despite constant attempts.

Star Trek Voyager meanwhile revolves around a starship simply called the Voyager which becomes lost in the Delta Quadrant, an area of space controlled by the Borg, with the series focusing on their desperate attempts to get home.

I would have loved to have seen the First Doctor, Ian, Barbara and Susan accidentally fall into another universe and land on Voyager.

Not only would they be able to relate to each others predicament, but I can see certain characters being quite a good match for each other. The Doctor, the Voyagers hologram would be quite a good match for the First Doctor. Both quite arrogant, with a taste for the finer things, the most important members of both crews, but also the most difficult and at times selfish.

Barbara and Captain Janeway meanwhile are both strong, brave, non sexualised female heroes too, who yearn to return home. Whilst characters like Kirk and the Doctor want to keep exploring the universe, Janeway and Barbara are the polar opposites and just want to get home, and then have a completely quiet life.

The only Star Trek series that I don’t think could ever mesh with Doctor Who would be Deep Space 9. Now I love Deep Space 9. Its probably the best version of Star Trek for me after the 60’s series. However as it tends to follow a story arc more, then it would be harder to stick in a story about Daleks and Cybermen into its narrative. Also its tone is overall, I don’t want to use the word realistic, but still its more about the politics of the Federation and other races like the Cardassians, and thus I don’t think the more comic booky world of Doctor Who would be a good fit.

Having said that I suppose you could do a story where maybe Worf was a companion to the Doctor. I think they’d be quite a good fit. Like the Doctor and Leela, except obviously Worf would be more intelligent.

I actually always thought you could have done a great Doctor Who/Star Trek crossover using the original planned story for the 5th and final Next Generation film. Originally it was planned to be a crossover movie that would have seen the greatest heroes from all the Star Trek series including Captain Kirk be brought forward in time to help Picard deal with a major crisis.

Sadly the script was rejected as at that point mainstream interest in Star Trek was beginning to fade. Still I always thought it would have been great if you’d had the Doctor be the one who brought all of the different Star Trek heroes together, as after all he might need them to deal with a crisis in their universe, as he isn’t as familiar with it as they are.

Here is what Patrick Stewart himself said about the proposed crossover film.

“One of the ideas John Logan and I had about what the next film would have been was a Justice League of Star Trek. Something would bring all the great Star Trek villains together from Khan to Shrinzon and Picard is the only person who could stop them and he has to go through time and pluck people he needs to help him. He goes back to the moment before Data blows himself up and takes him back to get Kirk and Spock and goes even further back to get Scott Bakula’s character Archer. The problem with that more than anything else is cost. How do you pay for that?”

I think it would have been cool if they had done this and had the thing that brought all of the villains together be the Master, calling the Doctor into action in uniting all of the greatest heroes against the Masters army of Star Trek villains.

The best Doctor to use for that story would be the 8th Doctor as he was the current one at that time, whilst I think that Geoffrey Beavers version of the Master would be a good one to unite the Star Trek villains. Imagine Khan and the Burned Master sharing the screen!

As for a crossover with the New Doctor Who and Star Trek well it depends. I think that a lot of New Who could have crossed over with Star Trek (though again it would have been difficult as New Who begun after all of the Star Trek series had finished ironically, just as the Star Trek sequel series began close to the end of Classic Who.)

I think the David Tennant era of Doctor Who would be the best one to have a crossover with.

I think the Tenth Doctor’s era would have merged with Star Trek the Original series the best. Much like with the Pertwee era, I think that you can see bits and pieces of Star Trek the Original Series throughout all of David Tennant’s time.

Though he has made a few good natured jabs at Star Trek over the years, Russell T Davies the producer of the show in Tennant’s time is a big fan of Star Trek. In fact he actually wanted to do a crossover with Star Trek in his first year as producer, but sadly these plans were foiled by the cancellation of Star Trek Enterprise.

Still you can see a definite Trek influence in Tennant’s time.

Take a look at the first season finale of David Tennant’s era, Army of Ghosts/Doomsday. Long regarded as one of the best New Who episodes, its kind of a mash up of two different Star Trek episodes at its core.

Army of Ghosts/Doomsday sees the Daleks escape the Time War by hiding in the nothingness between universes, the void. When they emerge they create a rip between realities which the Cybermen from another universe use to crossover into our reality. The Cybermen invade the earth and though they propose an alliance with the Daleks, the Daleks being Daleks, refuse and unleash their hidden army in the Genesis ark leading to an all out war between both races across the world. On top of this the Cybermen and Daleks tampering with the walls between realities are in danger of causing both universes to be destroyed. The Doctor however saves the day and defeats the Daleks and the Cybermen by pulling both armies back into the void and sealing them there, seemingly forever.

In the Star Trek episode The Alternative Factor a man named Lazarus discovers that there are multiple versions of himself and goes insane as a result. He tries to murder his counterpart from an anti matter universe. If the two of them meet however it will result in the total destruction of both universes, but the original Lazarus doesn’t care as he’s mad. With no way of stopping him, the anti matter Lazarus is forced to lure his evil counterpart into the nothingness between universes (the only place they can meet) where he asks the crew of the Enterprise to seal the rip between realities, trapping both versions of Lazarus in the nothingness between universes forever.

As you can see both stories involve a threat to two universes, caused by irresponsible travelling between universes, both feature a nothingness between universes where time stands still, and both feature the main antagonist being trapped in that nothingness for all eternity, whilst fighting with their mortal enemy.

Doomsday also bares some similarities to the Star Trek episode All Our Yesterdays. All Our Yesterdays features Spock and McCoy accidentally travelling into the past of a planet that is about to blow up. They land in its ice age where there is only one humanoid life form, a woman named Zarabeth. Zarabeth explains that she was condemned to live here by a ruthless dictator in the future and that none of them can return to the future as the time machine conditioned them to only be able to live in the past.

Zarabeth and Spock soon fall in love, but sadly it turns out that Zarabeth is lying and that only she can’t return to the future (furthermore if Spock and McCoy don’t then they will die) thus Spock and McCoy and forced to leave Zarabeth behind to a lonely life in the frozen wastes.

In Army of Ghosts/Doomsday meanwhile the Doctor and Rose are separated when Rose is almost pulled into the void along with the Daleks and the Cybermen. Fortunately however an alternate version of her father Pete catches her and takes her to his universe. After the rip between universes is sealed then Doctor and Rose are trapped in two different universes forever.

There are some similarities between Spock and Zarabeth and the Doctor and Rose. Both feature lovers trapped in totally different worlds from each other forever, and in both cases there is even a shot were we see all that separates them both is seemingly just a wall, but it is in fact an entire reality.

This trick is used again in The Girl in The Fireplace. Here the Doctor and Madame DePompadour who falls in love with the Doctor are separated by a wall, which is actually a barrier between two different time zones where the woman is forced to remain on the other side away from her love forever.

The Doctors Daughter meanwhile bares some similarities to Star Trek 3 The Search For Spock in that both feature a machine that can create the entire surface of a planet. In both cases the planet even aids in the resurrection of someone who died giving their life for the main hero (Jenny and Spock.)

The Waters of Mars meanwhile has a similar premise to City on the Edge of Forever in that both see the Doctor and Captain Kirk stumble upon an important historical person, who is a good person, but sadly needs to die in tragic circumstances in order for the greater good of humanity in the future.

The beloved Tenth Doctor story Human Nature/Family of Blood also bares some similarities to the Star Trek episode This Side of Paradise.

In both stories we have a character who is an alien, the Doctor and Spock suddenly become more human (in Spock’s case he is hit by spores that bring out his human side, whilst in the Doctors he actually becomes a human.) Both end up falling in love whilst in this state, and don’t want to go back to being their old alien selves, but eventually they are convinced that they have to by a friend, Martha Jones and Captain James T Kirk.

Of course there are other huge differences in the two stories plots but you can see how the basic crux of the two stories is the same.

I might add that it was during the Tenth Doctors era that they actually had the Doctor gain the power to basically perform a Vulcan mind meld. Of course they don’t call it that, but its pretty much exactly the same.

The Tenth Doctor is also somewhat similar to Captain Kirk in that he is a somewhat more emotional, flawed, human hero, who falls in love just about every other week. He’s also fond of giving big, cheesy, over emotional speeches about the morality of humans too.

A lot of critics of the Tenth Doctor have actually often complained that he was written more like a conventional human hero like James T Kirk than the previous Doctors, and there is a great deal of truth to this.

For instance I can imagine Captain Kirk in the Tenth Doctor story Voyage of the Damned a lot more easily than any of the first 7 Doctors. In that episode the Doctor falls in love with Astrid played by Kylie Minogue, snogs her and is devastated when she dies to the point where he screams “I CAN DO ANYTHING!” when he fails to save her.

Be honest here could you imagine William Hartnell, Jon Pertwee or Tom Baker, even Peter Davison’s versions of the Doctor in Voyage of the Damned?

But you could imagine Kirk as he was always in a similar position of losing the latest love of his life every second week!

Then of course there is this notorious scene from The Doctors daughter.

Now as we all know its ridiculous to have the Doctor say “I never would” when we all know he always kills his enemies.

However again I could imagine Captain Kirk delivering this speech and whilst it would still be a bit hypocritical (as Kirk has killed more than a few people), it wouldn’t be quite as glaring as the Doctor, as most of the time Kirk and the rest of the crew of the enterprise won’t kill.

Take a look at the Star Trek episode “By Any Other Name” where Captain Kirk shows mercy to aliens who murdered members of his crew in cold blood and even offers to help them.

In contrast the Doctor actively hunts down creatures like the Daleks and the Cybermen with the sole purpose of killing them, and even in some cases wiping their entire race out like in Remembrance of the Daleks.

Now to be fair it can be argued that its different for the Doctor as he often deals with monsters who are programmed to all be evil, like the Daleks and the Cybermen, and whose very existence is a threat to the rest of the universe. Captain Kirk’s enemies meanwhile like the Romulans and the Klingons do still at least have the capacity to choose between good and evil (though even then so do many of the Doctors enemies that he slaughters like the Ice Warriors, the Sontarans and the Sycrocrax.)

Still whilst it could be argued that the Doctor often has less of a choice than Kirk, either way you still can’t really have the Doctor go on about how he would never kill or never use a weapon when he does all the fucking time. In fact he probably has the highest kill count of any hero.

Definitely a man who never would!

With this in mind its not hard to see how the Tennant era would actually probably be the best fit for the original Star Trek in a lot of ways.

However there might be a problem with the fact that the Tenth Doctor and Captain Kirk are so similar. Part of what makes a crossover so much fun is seeing two different characters clash like Batman and Superman for instance.

You’d still have this with the Third Doctor and Kirk. As similar as they are in some ways, ultimately the Third Doctor is very different to Kirk. He is very anti authority, he is obviously a totally asexual hero, he is very British (even though he is an alien), more of a loner who likes to do things his way, and clashes even with his companions all the time, and is very stiff upper lip, serious and more restrained than the emotional Kirk, yet also far more willing to kill too.

With the Tenth Doctor and Kirk however I fail to see how they’d react to anything differently?

If they both were to meet a sexy, alien babe like Astrid or Shahna, they’d both fall in love with her. If they were both in a room full of aliens who weren’t sure about whether to continue warring with each other, like the Hath or the Eminian people, they’d both give a big cheesy speech about war being awful “WE’RE NOT GONNA KILL TODAY”, “MAKE THAT THE FOUNDATION OF YOUR SOCIETY A MAN WHO NEVER WOULD!” They’d also both go on about needing their friends like Martha, Spock and McCoy to stop them from going too far as well.

Its a moot point I suppose anyway as the two series were separated by many decades. Even the new rebooted Trek movies began just as Tennant was stepping down from the role of the Doctor.

As for Matt Smith well 11 has already shown to be a good match for Picard, with the 11th Doctors child like persona playing quite nicely off of Picard’s cool and more rational personality.

As for a crossover with the 12th Doctor or the 13th Doctor and the modern J J Abrams Star Trek movies, well I am sorry but I really would not be interested in seeing that.

I don’t hate the 12th Doctor. I’ve always spoken highly of Peter Capaldi as an actor, but I really did not like his era. I am not going to go into why here. I have done so many times before and well we’d just be getting off topic. If you’re really interested then check out the other articles I’ve written on the subject.

Its also no secret that I HATE the idea of a female Doctor. Got nothing against Jodie Whittaker either as an actress or a person (well I’ve never met her so obviously I couldn’t) But I have always felt a female Doctor was a mistake. I won’t go into it too much here as that’s really a subject for a different article, but I see it like this.

The Doctor is NOT like say the Trill from Star Trek where all of his different incarnations are actually different people. All of the Doctors are the same person whose body has simply changed. Regeneration is basically like an advanced form of healing. The Doctors old body is badly damaged, so it repairs itself, but in doing so it changes its appearance.

He is the same man however, and adding a gender change on top of that feels out of place. Also it doesn’t make any sense within the narrative as if the Doctor can change gender why has he not already when he has regenerated 12 times as a man? If he changes gender by chance, then there is no way he would be 13 men in a row. Similarly if he can change his gender by choice, why would he suddenly do it after being a man 13 times in a row? Why when he was morphing from David Tennant to Matt Smith and he knew he would be on his last ever life, did he not try to gender swap if he wants to or doesn’t care either way?

To me a female Doctor just doesn’t make sense so I personally would rather not see her meet the crew of the Enterprise.

Still good luck to Jodie anyway. Got nothing against her as she is just an actress earning a living like anyone else. And good luck to those who don’t think its silly and are just open to the idea. Hope you enjoy it, and by all means propose any crossover ideas between Jodie’s Doctor and Star Trek that you would like to see in the comments section below.

If Steven Moffat were still making Doctor Who I’d imagine he’d probably have there be a romance between the 13th Doctor and Captain Kirk. God imagine if the Doctor was added to the countless alien women James T Kirk has taught how to love!

William Hartnell and William Shatner have changed quite a bit since the 60’s.

 

Why A Female Doctor Who Is Anti Men Bigotry and Hate

Yes I know another article about why SJW’s have ruined Doctor Who. This is definitely going to be the last one for a long while. After this I am going to say farewell to the new Doctor Who from this point on.

I have touched on the anti men feeling among certain female Doctor advocates before, but I feel that in the past I have more focused on why a female Doctor is a terrible idea from a creative point of view. So in this article I am going to run through why I feel a female Doctor represents anti men bigotry for many reasons.

I am not saying that everybody who wants a female Doctor is a misandrist. Some people might just simply be curious, but ultimately I feel that the main driving force behind Jodie’s casting is sexism against men and it disgusts me the way its presented as something great and empowering for women.

Hopefully by the end of this article you will agree with me, and if not? Well tell me why in the comments.

1/ Why No Romana, Jenny, or Susan Spin off?

The main question that Steven Moffat, and Chris Chibnall should be asked at every single convention for the rest of their lives is “why didn’t you at least try to give Romana her own show?”

A lot of female Doctor advocates like Whovian Feminism, Claudia Boleyn, and Paul Cornell, have all said that they want a woman to play the Doctor because they want to finally see a woman play the hero.

Well leaving aside the dozens of female led shows and films that the likes of Claudia Boleyn and Whovian Feminism NEVER watch, review or even comment on, there are actually already THREE time lady characters exactly like the Doctor just waiting to return to the show and be spun off into their own series.

Romana was a character introduced near the end of the 70’s. She was a younger more inexperienced Time Lady who was somewhat more naive than the Doctor, but also in some ways had the greater scientific mind.

Romana was a very popular character. Not only is she a long standing fan favourite, but she is also fairly recognisable with the general public having been in the highest rated Doctor Who story ever made, City of Death, which was seen by over 16 million viewers.

She was played by the late Mary Tamm and Lalla Ward on tv and in spin off material she has also been played by Juliet Landau, best known for her role as Drusilla in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Romana has already carried several spin off series in the Big Finish audio range which detail her rise and tenure as President. We also do not know what happened to her after the time war either, so she is a huge loose end just waiting to be tied up. They could have easily brought her back in the Capaldi era and then spun her off into her own show.

I actually think a Romana spin off series could have been amazing. To start with it would be a solution that would make everybody happy. Those who don’t want a female Doctor don’t have to see the character changed, whilst those who want a female Doctor would get their leading Time Lady character.

Also a Romana spin off much like Doctor Who could run for decades if it was good as the character of Romana can change her face just like the Doctor.

A Romana spin off could also have enhanced the profile of Doctor Who too. It could have been like Buffy and Angel, Xena and Hercules, we could have had brilliant crossover episodes involving Romana and the Doctor being forced to team up to take on greater threats.

There are also a number of quirky and unusual character actresses who I think would have been excellent as a 21st century Romana, and who could have really developed her character and added more to it.

Dawn Steele, Katie McGrath, Sarah Parish, Hayley Atwell, Carmen Ejogo. Any of these actresses would have been amazing as Romana, and could have easily carried their own series too (particularly Dawn Steele.)

Susan was the Doctors first companion and his grand daughter. She was played by Carole Ann Ford

Susan was a somewhat awkward, shy, geeky young girl. She was the classic screaming female companion who often had to be rescued by the Doctor, Ian and Barbara. However she was still shown to be a strong and brave person at her core when it mattered, such as in the first Dalek story where she ventures out onto the surface of the planet to find the anti radiation drugs that can cure the others.

Susan left the show at the end of the story The Dalek Invasion of Earth after falling in love with Dalek resistance fighter David Campbell.

Sadly 53 years on and the Doctor still hasn’t come back. Personally I’d LOVE to find out what happened to Susan. Even without this silly “we need a female Doctor” crap hanging over our heads.

What would Susan be like now? Did she have an easy life with David? Would she thank the Doctor for giving her this marvellous opportunity? Or would she be bitter and resentful towards him? What happened to her during the Time War? These are all things that could be the basis of an interesting story that reintroduced Susan to the show, and  set things up for her to have her own series.

Just like with Romana there are a lot of actresses out there that I think would be great as Susan. Morven Christie in particular.

Finally another reason to bring Susan back was because Peter Capaldi himself wanted to see her return to the show as he felt it would be a good way of showing a softer side to the Doctor.

Peter Capaldi Wants Original Companion To Return

Peter Capaldi mentions Susan in this video, showing that the character was clearly on his mind a lot. Look at the way he acts when talking about Susan in the little bit he improvises as well at round about 2 minutes 50 seconds in. Clearly he wanted a chance to do that in the actual show itself, yet he never got it.

Jenny is the Doctors clone daughter. Played by Georgia Moffet (who is not only the daughter of 5th Doctor actor Peter Davison, but the wife of 10th Doctor actor David Tennant.)

Jenny had the same moral code and sense of adventure as the Doctor, however she was shown to be a bit more of a straight forward action hero, and perhaps a bit more ruthless than the Doctor was at the same time.

Much like Romana, Jenny I think balanced out the Doctor quite well. She was a much more dynamic character physically than the Doctor and certainly more quick to use a weapon (which is saying a lot when you think about it.)

At the end of her debut she was seemingly killed, but the final scene saw her revived and journey into space with the desire to follow in her fathers footsteps.

JENNY: Oh, I’ve got the whole universe. 
(The shuttle takes off into the sky.) 
JENNY: Planets to save, civilisations to rescue, creatures to defeat, and an awful lot of running to do.

Sadly despite this ending being a clear set up for future stories with the character, Jenny has never appeared again in now almost 10 years. Georgia Moffet has regularly expressed interest in returning to the role even outright saying “please bring Jenny back”.

I find it very bizarre that in all of this discussion about whether or not the Doctor should be a woman, these characters were never brought up as a more suitable alternative?

You’d think the feminists who claim to care about strong roles for women would want one of these overlooked, interesting, original female characters to return, rather than awkwardly crowbar a woman into a male role?

Ironically the only person I’ve seen mention any of these characters in this debate is Peter Davison, one of the few people brave enough to say he doesn’t want a female Doctor.

The reason for this is because a lot of these female Doctor advocates. Not all, but a lot (and certainly the most vocal ones who are willing to slander other people as sexists like Whovian Feminism.) Actually don’t give a shit about there being more interesting roles for women on tv.

All they care about is taking them away from men who they all see as privileged shit lords that need taken down a peg or two.

Of course it wasn’t the feminist fans who actually made the show during the Peter Capaldi era, but as I have been over many times, they definitely had a massive influence on the show from 2014-17.

The feminist fans slandered Steven Moffat so viciously during Matt Smith’s time 2010-2013 that he gave into all of their demands during Peter’s era.

See here for examples of the feminist smear campaign against Steven Moffat, as well as the responses from people involved in the show, showing that it clearly bothered them.

Trigger Warning Sexual Assault In Doctor Who

Problematic Posters For Doctor Who Season 8

Steven Moffat Is A Classist

Has Doctor Who Become Sexist

Doctor Who Is Racist New Book Claims

Asylum of the Daleks Is Problematic

Are Women Just In The TARDIS To Flirt

BBC Responds To Sexist Claims

Karen Gillan “Steven Moffat Is Not Sexist”

Peter Capaldi Dismisses Steven Moffat Is A Misogynist Claims

That doesn’t mean Moffat should be let off the hook of course. Yes it was nasty and hypocritical the smear campaign the feminists launched against him, but he could have had a backbone and stood up for the show he claimed to love.

Instead Steven Moffat ironically ended up giving the people who completely and utterly ruined his reputation everything they wanted.

Whilst it was Chris Chibnall who cast Jodie Whittaker and as Ian Levine said “put the final nail into Doctor Who“. Moff should still not be overlooked for his role in sinking Doctor Who, as he was the one who brought us to this point.

For the past three years Steven Moffat has done everything he can to set up a female Doctor with things like Missy, and the Generals regeneration from a man into a woman. He was a complete traitor to Classic era fans as at no point did he even try and make a compromise.

He could have spent the last 3 years reintroducing any, or all of the 3 Time Lady characters I have mentioned into the show, and instead of making Class (which was a fucking disaster), he could have made a show about one of these characters. That way everyone would have won as those who did genuinely want to see stronger roles for women would have got their female led series, but they wouldn’t have had to change the Doctor at all.

Instead he actively went out of his way not to include any Time Lady character from the show’s past (apart from his own River Song of course who can no longer regenerate, and whose story is finished anyway.)

The return of Susan was in fact the only fanboy wish of Peter Capaldi’s that Steven Moffat didn’t grant to him during his time in the TARDIS.

Peter Capaldi wanted to see the Mondasian Cybermen return to the show so Moff gave him them in his last series.

See here Peter Capaldi Wanted Mondasian Cybermen

Capaldi also wanted a retro TARDIS to feature in one of his stories.

Peter Capaldi Wants Old Tardis To Return

So Moff gave him one in Hellbent (the old TARDIS will also be returning in Twice Upon A Time.)

Finally Peter Capaldi also wanted to do a story with the First Doctor too, which is a lot harder since both actors who played him in the original series, William Hartnell and Richard Hurndall are long dead, whilst not only is the original actress who played Susan still alive, but she could also simply have regenerated too.

It Was Peter Capaldi’s Idea To Cast David Bradley As First Doctor

Yet despite this, Capaldi ultimately still got his first Doctor story.

Still no sign of a Susan adventure however Moffat? Why was that the only one you stamped your foot down on evidently and didn’t do?

Simple because if you had brought Susan back it would have completely fucked the feminist audience (who have you by the balls) push for a female Doctor. Here we would have had a female counterpart to the Doctor, who if written well, played by a talented, respected actress like Morven Christie could easily be a candidate for her own show. What would the feminists arguments be if that happened?

Really this was obvious as far back as when Missy first pranced onto the screen in Capaldi’s first story.

Why did Moffat cast Michelle Gomez as The Doctors male archenemy, The Master and not as The Rani?

Yeah it makes more sense to cast Michelle Gomez as that bastard with the beard who hates women, rather than as this woman who looks like her!

The Rani was a Time Lady enemy of the Doctor from the 80’s played by the late great Kate O’Mara. She appeared in two stories of Classic Who. The first, The Mark of the Rani was fairly well received whilst the second, The Time of the Rani is often regarded as one of the worst adventures of all time. (Though its not a tenth as bad as Capaldi stories like Dark Water/Death in Heaven, Hellbent or Kill the Moon.)

Still the character is a fan favourite. Its become a running joke in fact among fans whenever a new female character is announced that everybody thinks/hopes she is really the Rani in disguise.

The character is due a comeback. The reasons Moffat however gave for her not being brought back are incredibly lame. He said that she was in a terrible story, and that no one would know who she was anyway outside of a few fans.

Well to start with mainstream viewers didn’t know who The Autons, The Macra, The Ice Warriors, the Sisterhood of Karn, Rassilon, the Silurians or The Great Intelligence were either who have all been brought back. (The only two stories the Intelligence was in were WIPED at the time he was brought back and literally hadn’t been seen in 50 years!)

Also I refuse to believe that Moff who revels in continuity porn and practically didn’t go a single episode of Capaldi’s second series without a reference to, or even a picture of a past Doctor, would be put off by bringing something old back. Why’d he do a spin off about Coal Hill school if he thinks no one will remember anything from the past? Coal Hill School is hardly one of the big icons of Doctor Who is it?

Second of all, so what one of the Rani’s stories was crap? What long running villain hasn’t been in a poor story? Not just in Doctor Who? PS Moffat the Master has been in stories far worse than Time and the Rani, including virtually every single appearance he has made in New Who!

And New Who fans have the cheek to say that the Rani was in terrible stories.

Surely there is something interesting that could be done with a ruthless Time Lady scientist who sees her twisted experiments as being for the greater good, who views humans as nothing more than cattle, was once one of the greatest scientific minds on Gallifrey, and who loves Dinosaurs and keeps them as pets?

Added to that Michelle Gomez would actually have been amazing as the Rani. She looks a little bit like Kate O’Mara and her sense of humour matches the character too.

Gomez as the Rani opposite a version of the Master played by an actor like Robert Carlyle would have been fantastic.

The Master!

The Rani

What the hell would be wrong with that casting? You’d still have Michelle Gomez on the show, you’d still have a powerful female adversary for the Doctor, but this time Peter Capaldi would have two villains to play off of.

Again the reason Moffat didn’t do that and awkwardly crowbarred Gomez into the role of the Master was because he was pandering to a group of people who hate men and simply wanted to take as many characters away from them as possible.

Ask yourself, why do all of these people like Whovian Feminism, Anita Sarkeesian, Claudia Boleyn etc, view the Doctor being played by a woman, or even the Master being played by a woman as a victory when there are already 4 great Time Lady characters just waiting to be used? Why do they have such little interest in original female characters like Xena, Buffy, and the Charmed Ones compared to female versions of male characters like Thor, the Doctor and the Master?

The way I see it is there are only two options. Either they are self loathing women who just want to be men, and playing a man is therefore ultimate victory for them. Or again having a woman play a man is better for them as in their mind it allows them to get back at the evil white, privileged, cis gendered men.

Personally I think its the latter of those two suggestions.

2/ The First Thing They Did When It Was Announced Was Gloat

It was very telling the way that when Jodie Whittaker was announced as the Doctor, so many people who had wanted it took to twitter, or even wrote articles for various websites, and papers just to gloat about it to the fans who didn’t want it (who were all dismissed as woman hating bigots, even if they were women.)

See here.

New Doctor Who Is Woman And Man Babies Are NOT Happy

Spectacular Online Reactions To 13th Doctor

Dear God Please Let The Identity Of Doctor No 13 Upset

This Will Annoy Exactly The Right People

Cry Me A River Song For The Man Babies

Samantha Bee Takes Down Doctor Who Sexists

The Thirteenth Doctor Who Is A Woman Now And Man Babies Are Upset

The Internet Is Roasting Sexist Doctor Who Fans And It Is Magnificent

Jodie Whittaker Will Be A Great Doctor Who

Miriam Webster Elegantly Tweet Slaps Sexist Doctor Who Fans

If You’re Angry At A Female Doctor Who Then You Are The Reason They Cast Her

Quote from Whovian Feminism from before the female Doctor was cast, but it still shows the attitude behind it (as well as little bit of class snobbery the way she equates having a low income to being a sexist.)

“Supposedly well-meaning observers always like to come in and say that hardcore fans simply won’t accept a woman portraying the Doctor. This attitude does both the show and our fandom a disservice. While there is always a smattering of assholes to prove this type of attitude does exist, they aren’t even close to a majority. And even if it were true, we should not let the direction of the show be dictated by the worst of its fans. If a misogynistic jerk who disparagingly refers to a woman Doctor as “The Nurse” says he’ll quit watching the show, he’s exactly the type of fan we should be proud to piss off. I promise, plenty of new fans (especially ones with disposable income!) are waiting in the wings to take his place.”

Here’s a video by Claudia Boleyn, who is actually quite a nice person normally. Though I have always disagreed with her opinions on Steven Moffat being a sexist, I still have found her to be very open minded and reasonable overall. Still sadly I feel she has been somewhat swayed by this toxic “all men are privileged shitlords” belief, and so when Missy was cast in 2014 I think we saw a similar “HAHAHAHAHA take that men” attitude towards the male fanbase from her.

PS Claudia if you want to do a response to this then go ahead. I understand that some youtubers feel uncomfortable with doing response vids to people with miniscule platforms like me as they think it looks like punching down, but I don’t mind. I can’t throw punches and then whine if someone does a response. Same applies to anyone else mentioned negatively in this article too BTW.

Finally there was this interesting response from Russell T Davies. Now I don’t think Russell was someone who was particularly desperate for a female Doctor, but obviously now that its happened and he is part of the fandom in crowd then he will have to say he likes it regardless.

Still anyway now that Russell has adopted their attitude he had this to say.

Ex Doctor Who Boss Says Fuss About Female Doctor Is Outrageous

Basically he said that there are only a few people who are creating thousands of accounts online to complain about Jodie’s casting. As someone else on a Doctor Who forum pointed out, this is exactly the same thing Michael Grade said on Room 101 when people complained about the show being cancelled.

Grade and Davies’ comments come from the same place. Absolute sneering contempt for a particular type of undesirable pleb. In Grade’s case its just all Doctor Who fans, but in Davies’ its “sexist” Doctor Who fans who dislike Jodie’s casting.

Of course these don’t represent everybody who wanted a female Doctor, but still you can see what I mean about how wanting to upset male fans really did play a huge role wanting a female Doctor for lots of people.

If something I wanted to happen in Doctor Who actually did happen. My first reaction would just be to be happy, rather than rub it in the faces of people who didn’t like it.

Like take for instance if Osgood, a character I like were made the companion I wouldn’t write article after article about why all the people who hate Osgood are just white men who can’t stand smart non sexualized female characters on tv and then go. “Oh its making me so happy to see you all flip out over this HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH”.

But again that would be because I would genuinely be happy that Osgood was the companion and not just desperate to annoy people who didn’t like Osgood.

Its not even like they tried to debate with people who disliked the decision (apart from a few exceptions like Claudia Boleyn.) In fact ironically Peter Davison who simply suggested that we should try and welcome people who are unsure about it instead of telling them to fuck off was derided as a sexist, and eventually chased off of twitter.

Peter Davison Quits Twitter Over Toxicity Of Doctor Who Fandom

Peter Davison’s Tweet is Disappointing

Levine should be mocked not encouraged

Its very telling that Peter Davison was chased off of twitter for simply saying that people who didn’t like a female Doctor shouldn’t be abused as sexists, whilst Colin Baker was able to slander all those who didn’t want it as not true fans, people who think they own the show and sexists several times, and hey he’s still on twitter.

Colin Baker Supports Female Doctor

Kind of lets you know which side are the bullies doesn’t it? This is leads onto my next point as well.

3/ Little Girls Need Role Models

I think its hilarious that Colin Baker claims that people who don’t want a female Doctor are the ones who think they own Doctor Who. We aren’t the ones who have come to the show later than anyone else and then demanded that the biggest change happen in the entire shows history just for us, and then attacked anyone who didn’t agree with it as a sexist, and actually succeed in driving a former Doctor Who off of twitter.

One of the arguments I have seen most often from people (including Colin Baker) for a female Doctor is that little girls need role models.

Now personally I don’t give a shit about role models for either boys or girls. I don’t want the Doctor to stay a man because I’m a man.

I just hate a female Doctor because I think its a silly idea creatively.

As I have said many times before there are only really three ways you can have a characters gender change and it work.

Write them as being like a real trans character, someone who feels they were born in the wrong body and transitions into the opposite gender. Or write them as being completely gendereless. Or change their gender in a remake, or a reboot that has nothing to do with the original.

None of these options is a good fit for the Doctor.

All of the Doctors are meant to be the same man underneath. They all have the exact same core personality, with differences between the Doctors merely being superficial.

When you think about it, if you were put in a different body your personality would change to an extent too.

If you were put in the body of a 80 year old guy with a stick like the First Doctor, you might be a bit more short sighted and grumpy too. Then if in a flash you were in the body of a young, handsome, guy like David Tennant, you might be a bit more dashing, and vain. This is why it often takes the new Doctor a while to settle in as he needs to get used to his new body and adapt to it.

Other changes in the Doctors persona may come about simply from new experiences and developments, the same way they would with any fictional character (or real person).

Obviously from a real world point of view the reason the Doctors are different is because they are all played by different actors who all want to bring something new to the character.

Still the writers, producers and actors have managed to get round that quite well in a number of ways.

To start with they have always gone for actors who are similar in that they are unusual, quirky, character actors with big personalities. They’d never cast a conventional leading man in the role. The closest they came was with Tennant and Davison and McGann, but even then all 3 actors are still known for playing more unusual characters.

They’ve also made sure that all of the Doctors main personality traits remain completely unchanged regardless of his regeneration.

All of the Doctors have a desire to explore the universe, all of them are mysterious and don’t want people knowing what they’re true name, or identity is. All have a hatred of the Daleks. All prefer non violent means, but will use them if need be.

There are even many little character traits that carry on from Doctor to Doctor that all reinforce he is the same man. All Doctors have a love for more old fashioned clothing for instance (except for 9, who was meant to be more toned down after the war.)

They usually tend to dress in Edwardian, Victorian era style clothing, they usually tend to have long or big unmanagable hair, they all tend to travel with young women who are a lot of the time, (though not always) clearly a surrogate, replacement for Susan. Hence why he often develops a fatherly relationship with them too as in the cases of Jo, Vicki, Victoria, Nyssa, Ace, Bill, and Zoe. They all also even love Jelly Babies too!

Now as you can see with this in mind its actually very hard to make the Doctor a woman.

As all of the Doctors are the same man its not like changing say Starbucks gender in the remake of Battlestar Gallactica. The female version of that character has absolutely NOTHING to do with the previous male version.

Also its not like replacing Picard with Janeway as they are different characters.

Furthermore the Doctor has never been written as genderless. His gender has become part of the template of all the different versions of his character really by default.

Every single one of all 13 Doctors relationships have been from a male perspective. They’ve all at various points, been a grandfather, a father, a husband, a boyfriend, had fatherly relationships with their companions, they’ve all dressed in more masculine clothes, all of the male actors who have played the role have brought aspects of their own male personalities to the role.

If the Doctor could have morphed into a woman at any point in his previous 12 regenerations then I feel he would have had to have been written and played as more gender neutral.

Same with other Time Lords (as they all regenerate too.) Again why were the likes of Romana and Susan quite so feminine if they could technically at any point have morphed into Brian Blessed?

Its one thing to have say Tom Baker morph into Peter Capaldi and Lalla Ward morph into Dawn Steele, but imagine if Tom had morphed into Kylie Minoque and Lalla Ward into Vinnie Jones. It would be much harder to take them seriously as the same characters anymore.

Really if they wanted to make Time Lords gender neutral it should have been done right away. The characters should have been less gendered, dressed in neutral clothing or both male and female clothing, and not had the types of relationships they have had with one another (and other races too. Imagine if Susan morphed into Brian Blessed for instance. Her and David’s relationship might be a bit awkward to say the least.)

Look at this exchange from the most recent two part story, written by Moffat to try and pave the way for a female Doctor.

DOCTOR: Yeah, I think she was a man back then. I’m fairly sure that I was, too. It was a long time ago, though. 
BILL: So, the Time Lords, bit flexible on the whole man-woman thing, then, yeah? 
DOCTOR: We’re the most civilised civilisation in the universe. We’re billions of years beyond your petty human obsession with gender and its associated stereotypes. 

Yeah except that’s bullshit for many reasons. Number 1, binary genders are not a petty human obsession with gender stereotypes. Binary genders are something that most species have. They are a facet of evolution.

Here from a trans person.

Now fair enough Time Lords are aliens, but again looking at everything we saw of their society, and Time Lords themselves before a few years ago when Steven Moffat introduced this shit to pander to feminists, they most certainly did not seem like a gender neutral species.

Master/ Killed by an insect. A girl. How inappropriate!

How did the Master have that attitude Moffat if Time Lords apparently didn’t even NOTICE the differences between men and women?

The Doctor has also never been written as a trans character either.

I have no problem with trans people, and would be fine with a trans main character on Doctor Who, but you can’t just write the Doctor into being trans when he has never been that way for over 50 years.

That would be like suddenly rewriting Captain Jack Harkness into being asexual. It would fly in the face of everything we know about the character. Why would Jack have shagged all of those people if he was asexual? Similarly why would the Doctor always have changed into a man, and acted like a man, and been 100 percent completely comfortable as a man too, if he was really trans and wanted to be a woman?

Even if the Doctor has no preference in being either a man or a woman, why did he choose to be a man 13 times! Remember that when he regenerated into Matt Smith he was on his last life and at that point as far as he was aware the Time Lords were gone, so he had no chance of getting any more lives.

Even then however he still didn’t change into a woman! Clearly he has a preference (nothing sexist about that. We all have a preference, even trans people hence why they change.)

For all of these reasons a female Doctor just seems like a farce. I honestly can’t see any value in it. Its not like a female Doctor gives you a chance to create a new and iconic female hero like Buffy or Xena. The character of the Doctor will always be viewed as a male character as that’s the way he has been seen in popular culture around the world for 50 years and 13 interpretations. One forced female version isn’t going to change that.

Similarly its not going to give you a chance to create a memorable trans character either, as a female Doctor is a male character forced to change against his will, rather than someone who has chosen to change due to feeling like they were born in the wrong gender.

All you’ve got is a female version of a male character who doesn’t fit in with her male predecessors. As an idea a female Doctor is really more like that Futurama episode, Neutopia where the main characters genders are changed against their will by a powerful alien.

How is that scene any different to virtually any involving Missy talking about her gender or the General’s ego line?

Still whilst those are my reasons for hating a female Doctor, lets say Colin Baker and others like him are right that little girls need role models.

Well okay don’t little boys need them too? This to me just strikes of more anti men feeling, as basically its saying “lets put our little girls first before our little boys.

Suicide is the leading killer for young men in today’s society.

Suicide Leading Cause Of Death Among Young Men

If role models are crucial to someone’s development and self esteem, then why try and take them away from the group who are killing themselves in record numbers?

And don’t give me that shit of boys have enough role models. To start with so do young women. Xena, Buffy,  Charmed, Once Upon A Time, Sarah Connor Chronicles, Terminator 1 and 2, Nikita, Resident Evil, Wonder Woman film and tv series, Supergirl, Earth 2, Charlies Angels, original and remake, The Survivors original and remake, Dark Angel, Alias, Ghost Whisperer, I Zombie, Sleepy Hollow, Jessica Jones, The Bionic Woman, Sarah Jane Adventures, Kill Bill, Alien film series, Underworld film series, do they all mean nothing? How very feminist to say that all of these great female led shows and films are worthless compared to the Doctor, one male character.

Also suppose a young boys favourite show is Doctor Who? Suppose they don’t give a shit about Batman, Superman, or Spider-Man? Are they just to lose that role model then?

Colin Baker and others have said in response to this “boys can still have a female Doctor as their role model too“, but this is extremely hypocritical. If that’s the case then why can’t girls still have a male Doctor as their role model?

If you think the Doctor has to be changed to be a woman in order to be a role model for little girls, then he has to be a man to be a role model for little boys too.

Now you might be thinking “well you want to put little boys ahead of little girls by keeping the Doctor as a man” but I’m not.

I have actually tried to think of a compromise for everybody. A Romana, a Jenny, or a Susan spin off alongside Doctor Who.

That way girls would get their role models and boys would get theirs. People like me who don’t care about role models, but think a female Doctor is a really silly idea, also wouldn’t have the show ruined for them. Even actresses like Michelle Gomez and Jodie Whitaker still get to play leading roles in the Doctor Who universe, but its roles that they are actually right for like Romana and the Rani.

You could also still have a trans companion accompany the Doctor and Romana, or have a trans Time Lord character become the President of Gallifrey.

Everybody wins that way!

That’s the point however the likes of Whovian Feminism don’t want a compromise for everybody because they absolutely despise the male fans and want to upset them.

So sadly we do get this horrible double standard where we are constantly told how marvellous it is that little girls have someone they can look up to, whilst anyone who is upset that little boys have lost a character to look up to are chased off of twitter like Peter Davison.

This cynical, and manipulative video trended online to show us how marvellous it was the Doctor was someone she could look up to, but all it did to me along with the vile treatment that Peter Davison got highlighted how little boys are placed behind little girls in so many ways. Rather than even attempt to make little boys and girls happy it was all just the one way. PS using children as human shields for their arguments is something that feminists are fond of doing.

Turning the Doctor into a woman not only prevents him from being a role model to little boys in the present, but it also I feel takes away the ability for the previous Doctors to be a role model to little boys.

Now the Doctor was never a male character. He was basically a genderless character, who didn’t even notice the differences between men and women and could have been a woman at any point (he just happened to be a man THIRTEEN times by coincidence.)

That’s how the character will be viewed in popular culture from now on, as the gender bending alien, and thus the SJW “fans” have not only taken a character away from little boys in the present, but retroactively too.

Colin Baker has made a big mistake in siding with these people. I don’t think he is a bad guy or anything for doing that. We all make mistakes, and I can say having had the pleasure of meeting him that he is a very nice person. Still he has certainly put his money on the wrong horse here. I can’t imagine many of the fans who bought his Big Finish stories being happy to cue up to get his autograph after being told by him that they aren’t true fans compared to feminists gloating about man babies.

At the end of the day if Colin and others like him care so much about young people having characters they can look up to, then they should have been in favour of Romana, Susan and Jenny getting their own shows so that little boys and girls would have had a role model.

4/ Many Of Its Most Vocal Supporters Are Misandrists

I wonder if Alyssa will be so upset when Jodie saves her male companion and write blog articles saying that the show is anti men? Also whilst I don’t condone online abuse everyone does get it regardless of gender. Alyssa should google Thunderf00t’s video “Hate Mail Special” to see what people who speak out against feminism also get. 

Now I am not saying that all of the people who wanted a female Doctor are misandrists. However the most high profile supporters for a female Doctor, as well as those who arguably had the biggest influence on the decision actually happening have at least expressed misandristic views.

To be fair they might not actively hate men. I think that a lot of these young people as ShoeOnHead has pointed out are simply misguided as they have been spoon fed a lot of this crap at University courses for years and by the mainstream media.

If any of the women I am going to talk about in this section want to debate me here in the comments of this article and get their side of the story out there on this page, then by all means go ahead. I’m no Steve Shives or Richard H Cooper who’ll just shut people I disagree with down or block them.

They’ll get a fair hearing. Also again I have a small platform, so they won’t have to deal with fanboys (or girls) all swamping them if they try and comment. I don’t have any fans!

Anyway yes a lot of the people who were pushing for a female Doctor have said things about men that quite frankly if I were to say to say them about women, I’d rightfully be branded as a woman hating pig.

Lets take a look at Whovian Feminism. Now Whovian Feminism whose real name is Alyssa is a blogger that has interviewed members of the New Who production team like Rachel Talalay, who directed every single finale of the Peter Capaldi era, and writer Sarah Dollard. Talalay has also promoted her blog, whilst others such as Paul Cornell have retweeted her on many occasions too. Russell T Davies also seems to be a big fan as well.

Clearly Alyssa is someone whose opinion the makers of the show care about. There are so many Doctor Who fan blogs out there, yet Whovian Feminism is one of the very few that the makers have given any attention too, even outright promoted and she is nowhere near close to being the most popular.

Now Whovian Feminism has certainly expressed many misandiristic opinions over the years.

For instance she defended a remark in the episode Hell Bent where a character called The General makes fun of men by saying that all men are egotists.

Regarding The General’s Ego Line

Whovian Feminism I also find brings up the fact that people she doesn’t like on twitter are white and men. This might seem like a small thing to complain about at first, but its actually very bad.

What the hell does the colour of someones skin have to do with their opinions? Imagine if someone commented here and I just dismissed them as “okay black guy whatever you say”. That would be racist as it would show that I looked down on his opinions even more because he was black.

Whovian Feminism On Seth McFarlane

Add This To Your Collection Of White Men

Whovian Feminism White Women

Whovian Feminism also has openly said that she does not want men to direct female led films and television series such as Wonder Woman, (even stating that she would boycott the Wonder Woman sequel if a man was hired to direct it.)

Whovian Feminism’s Reaction To J J Abrams Hiring

Whovian Feminism All Female Lord of The Flies

Kind of a bit hypocritical Whovian Feminism when you desperately want more women writing Doctor Who a show (until you got your way) that was about a leading male character?

Whovian Feminism “Steven Moffat We Need More Female Writers”

Woman Director For Series 9 Conformed!

So what in your mind, men aren’t allowed to write something about a woman like Wonder Woman or the all female remake of Lord of the Flies, but men also should be limited or outright refused from being allowed to write for and even play classic male characters like the Doctor or Thor. So basically men are not allowed to have anything at all?

And you wonder why I think you’re a misandrist?

Another notable pro female Doctor advocate is Tabetha Wallace. Now Tabetha Wallace is the host of the RT show Watching the Hawks. I enjoy some of Watching the Hawks. They did make some good points, but ultimately the show ended up becoming far too SJW heavy.

Tabetha seems to be the worst of the lot. She follows both Anita Sarkeesian and Linda Sarsour on twitter. For those of you unfamiliar with her, Sarsour is a woman who thinks that Sharia law, a law that deprives LGBT people and women of basic human rights is reasonable! She’s also said that she hopes Ayaan Hirsi Ali (a true feminist champion) gets her vagina taken away from her and gets the shit kicked out of her too!

Still Tabetha Wallace ironically considers herself a feminist despite following someone like Sarsour, but sadly her brand of feminism seems to be shitting on white men.

Take a look at these tweets.

I’m enjoying the fall of mediocre misogynistic white men

(Its a shame she has to associate the late great Kevin Smith and the wonderful Xena/Hercules franchise with her racist, misandristic tweet.)

Men Are Always Lying

White Men Need To Shut Up

If You’re A White Woman And A Feminist

White Male Fragility

So again baring this in mind its not hard to see how a case could be made for Tabetha caring more about the Doctor being a woman just to get back against white men, than because she gives two shits about the actual show itself.

Another prominent female Doctor advocate is Gaby Dunn, a woman who works for Buzzfeed. Here is a video she did about why the Doctor should be a woman.

Gabby also famously did a video where she said she wanted men to have to gain consent to say hi to women as she hated having to talk to men unless she absolutely had to.

Of course Buzzfeed themselves who Gabby works for were all in favour of a female Doctor and produced videos and articles arguing for it (and took part in the smear campaign against Steven Moffat.)

It would be harder to find a more anti white male organisation than Buzzfeed. They have made countless videos tarring all white men as racists, sexists and homophobic.

This Is Why Its A Bad Idea To Have A Lady Doctor Who

Quite frankly the most pathetic strawman I have ever seen in my life. Buffy, Game of Thrones and Wonder Woman were all ORIGINAL creations. Janeway meanwhile was a new character, not Kirk who’d been turned into a woman against his will.

Also even the Battlestar Gallactica remake was different as it was well, a remake. The Doctor is a long running male character who has been turned into a woman against his will within the narrative so its completely different. This would only be applicable if these people were saying women heroes in general is a bad thing, but not one of the examples they could find has said that. Instead it was all just strawmanning them as people who hate women on tv.

Then again what do we expect from the people who brought you this gem.

Finally the journalist Caitlin Moran who has also expressed anti men sentiments many times is in favour a female Doctor too.

Fishing is just an excuse for blokes to have a sulk

Caitlin Moran’s 12 ramblings from a nonsensical feminist

Now there are many more examples, but I feel these are the most prominent as most of these people will have had something of an influence on the show itself.

Whovian Feminism as we have seen is beloved by many of the people who make the show. Buzzfeed and Tabetha Wallace meanwhile all have a wider reach than most fans and can give off the impression that their opinion is the majority, whilst Caitlin Moran is a close personal friend of Steven Moffat.

Thus I think its fair to say that they will have helped sway the decision more than anyone else, and with this in mind its not hard to see how their anti men and anti white people sentiment seeped into the show not only with the casting of Jodie designed to spite male fans, but also with the many anti men and white remarks such as not only the General ego line but the following bits and pieces, seeped throughout Doctor Who and Class.

MASTER: Do as she says. Is the future going to be all girl? 
DOCTOR: We can only hope

BILL: Regency England. Bit more black than they show in the movies. 
DOCTOR: So was Jesus. History’s a whitewash.

TANYA: White people. 
APRIL: White people what? 
TANYA: Always so optimistic. Always so certain things are going to work out for you. Oh, well, because they usually do. 
APRIL: My dad tried to kill me when I was eight. 
TANYA: But you got your mum up walking again. Typical white-person happy ending.

CLARA: Hush. Go, now. Go and find Vikings on other planets. The universe is full of testosterone. Trust me, it’s unbearable. We won’t follow you, see? We don’t need to fight.

River Song: What’s that face. Are you thinking? Stop it! You’re a man it looks weird.

APRIL: I like Downton Abbey. 

TANYA: Of course you like it. It’s a bunch of white people being nice to each other. 

5/ All Male Roles Are Being Replaced

As I have pointed out before its not just a question of the producers being open to having a woman play the Doctor. It seems like they are going out of their way to replace all the male roles with women in the show.

The role of the Master, the main UNIT personnel and now the Doctor all used to be occupied by men, but in the last few years they have all to the last been feminized.

Now I don’t hate the new female UNIT family which consists of Osgood and Kate. In fact I love Osgood as Ingrid Oliver who plays her is one of my favourite actresses and just an all around amazing person.

I also a few years ago when I thought representation was needed thought it was a good thing that we had a female UNIT, and to be fair it does have an actual story justification too. Obviously there is no problem with having women take over the Brig and Benton’s roles as unlike the Doctor and the Master they are not meant to be the same people. Also it might be quite a nice contrast too to have women occupy the roles that used to be occupied by big manly men.

However it just feels that on top of the Master and the Doctor becoming women that they are trying to feminize the show from top to bottom.

Now this bugs me because again it feels like an attack against the fact that Doctor Who was a more masculine show.

Imagine if I were to remake a predominantly female led show like say Xena and replace all of the female roles with men.

Xena herself, her female archenemy Callisto, and the Amazons who she works with, who I suppose in a way are her version of UNIT. Imagine if not only were they all replaced with men, but the new version of Xena was littered with anti women remarks about women being all nags, the future being all male, femininity being toxic etc.

Female Xena fans would rightfully view this version with contempt not just for messing with the shows dynamic, but for outwardly attacking women by saying “this thing would be so much better if it were starring men”, or worse “I think its time the women who love Xena and the little girls who look up to her get taken down a peg or two and we remake it all with men just to spite them.”

I certainly wouldn’t mind a female UNIT normally. Indeed they already gave the Brig a female replacement in the 80’s and I, nor anybody else cared. Its just on top of everything else it feels like they are basically trying to eliminate every strong male role in the show.

6/ No One Is Pushing For A Male Xena

Okay I know what you are going to say “but Xena doesn’t regenerate”. Well to start with I’ve never really thought that argument had much merit anyway.

You can change a characters gender in any remake you want as a remake is not connected to the old version. Did Batman regenerate from Adam West into Michael Keaton for example? Ironically a female version of a hero like Batman, Superman or Sherlock Holmes wouldn’t bother me in the slightest. I don’t think they would be particularly good ideas, but the female Batman wouldn’t actually be any of the previous versions who had suddenly changed his sex for no reason. It would stand as its own separate thing to all the previous versions, just as Christian Bale’s did, so I really wouldn’t give a shit. Make as many female versions of Batman as you want.

With the Doctor however, ironically the fact that he can change his shape I think means he’s probably the only character whose gender you shouldn’t change.

Unlike with Batman, all of the different versions of the Doctor from Hartnell to Tennant are the same person. Thus crowbarring a woman in after 13 men not only looks out of place, but it actually destroys the very delicate illusion that these are all meant to be different aspects of the same man.

Spot the odd one out there? It really isn’t hard.

However the reason I bring up Xena is because Xena does actually have the power to change her shape and gender within the narrative of the original series just like the Doctor.

Sadly its a moot point now anyway as recently it was announced that the Xena remake had been cancelled. I think this is a shame as Xena I feel has a lot of potential for a remake. To me she is a character like the Doctor, or Sherlock Holmes that can be reinterpreted again and again.

Anyway yes within Xena canon it is established that Xena will be reborn again, and again, and again alongside her friend and lover Gabrielle. Now this never played that big a part in the narrative of Xena, but it is still established canon and furthermore its established that Xena can change gender when she will be reborn too.

Thus you could make the next Xena a sequel series following Xena and Gabrielle’s souls reborn into two male bodies in the future, rather than a remake (in this respect you could extent the life of the show too.)

So with this in mind why weren’t people like Whovian Feminism, Paul Cornell and Claudia Boleyn campaigning for a male Xena before the remake was canned.

Absolutely all of the same arguments apply for changing Xena’s sex as they did for changing the Doctors.

1/ Its canon (I might add that it was always part of the canon that Xena could change gender when she is reborn, unlike in Doctor Who where for almost 50 years it wasn’t established that time lords gender bend until the feminist “fans” bullied Moff into making it canon.)

2/ Its something new.

3/ It could give marginalized groups a chance to be the hero (lets make Xena and Gabrielle black gay men, who have fewer role models than women.)

4/ Anybody who doesn’t like my idea of a gay male Xena is homophobic and misandristic. They are probably men hating bitches who hate men because no man wants to touch them. (No more nasty, and ridiculous than saying that all people who don’t like a female Doctor, or Ghostbusters are sexist, man babies, who hate women, and are sad basement dwelling smelly losers!)

5/ Female fans who don’t want a male Xena shouldn’t be allowed to think they own it, by stopping people who know fuck all about the franchise from coming along and completely changing the dynamic of the show to suit their divisive political agenda’s that demonise half the population of earth.

6/ Since when did Xena need a vagina and a pair of tits to save the day?

7/ Xena always thrived on change, because there were a few continuity blips in the shows history, and they introduced new characters now and again, that means there are no constants apparently.

8/ What possible characteristic does Xena have that a gay man can’t?

9/ Xena was always silly and camp. What gods, women like Callisto coming back to life after being killed in quicksand, women like Alti who feed on people’s souls, and Xena getting a sex change is sooooooooo unrealistic compared to that nonsense?

10/ There are so many men out there who would be amazing as Xena like Tom Ellis. Why should he be excluded just because he has a penis hmmm?

How are those any different to the arguments that actually persuaded Chris Chibnall to castrate the Doctor?

Answer? They aren’t, so why did those who wanted a female Doctor not demand that Xena change sex for all of the same reasons?

They can’t say that they don’t care about Xena, as all of these people like Tabetha Wallace, Whovian Feminism and Caitlin Moran claim to care so much about strong roles for women on tv. So I assume that they would care just a little bit about the return of a female character so iconic she had a planet named after her’s return to tv ?

However they didn’t campaign for a gay, black male Xena, because again all they actually cared about was in taking a role away from men.

A male Xena would rightfully be viewed as a stupid idea by the mainstream media, whilst a female Doctor, though being every bit as stupid an idea, is hailed as a great thing because its seen as a way to kick male geek culture, and male viewers in general in the teeth.

7/ No Men Were Allowed To Audition For The Role

It was recently revealed that Chris Chibnall had only auditioned women for the role of the 13th Doctor.

Now from Chibnall’s own perspective this is sexist. You might be thinking that I am equally sexist as I do not want a woman to play the Doctor, but its different.

I do not see the role of the Doctor as one that men and women can play. Yes women can play similar roles, but that specific character to me is male for the reasons I have already been over. I would view the role of Xena as being the same. Yes men can play similar characters to Xena, but that specific character is female to me.

So I would only ever audition men for the Doctor and women for Xena. Here’s an article I did before the Xena reboot was cancelled giving suggestions for who could play the Warrior Princess.

7 Actresses Who Could Play Xena

There you see no men awkwardly (and obnoxiously) crowbarred in there, so I am consistent if nothing else. I would only ever hire a man for a male character, and a woman for a female character, villain, sidekick, love interest or main hero.

However Chris Chibnall, Steven Moffat, Paul Cornell and Whovian Feminism are all saying that the Doctor can be a man and woman. Again I don’t agree in the slightest, but lets say they are right. In that case the only not sexist thing to do is to open the role to both genders and simply pick the best person for the part regardless.

Chibnall didn’t do that. He excluded one gender from a role that he claimed to be one anyone can play regardless of gender. So why did he exclude men from the part then? He can’t use the same reason I would for excluding men from being allowed to audition for Xena, as well you can’t say the Doctor isn’t a male character can you?

Its yet more anti men feeling regardless of whatever way you spin it. Either you think the Doctor is a male part in which case he has been changed into a female role because? Or you think he is a role that anyone can play regardless of gender, and that the best person should get the part regardless. Okay, why shut out half the population then unless you are bigoted towards them or at least operating from that mindset.

8/ Why Do The Female Doctor Advocates Have Such A Problem With A Male Hero

Anyone who doesn’t want a female Doctor is instantly treated as though they can’t stand a female hero, or any form of entertainment that is female dominated.

Even if like me you’ve written 10 thousand word articles about Xena, Buffy, Amy Winehouse, Paloma Faith etc, you’ll still get told from people that you need to get used to a female lead.

The funny thing is why is this logic never applied in reverse. It seems that all the female Doctor advocates are the ones who are the sexists as they have a problem with a man being the hero.

Take a look at this article from Vanity Fair.

How Doctor Delivered A Righteously Feminist Finale

See what I mean? The article constantly goes on about how awful it is that the Doctor is the hero in his own show simply because he is a man! They actually want the Doctors companion to be the hero instead.

When did that ever happen before? Does anyone want Watson to solve all of Holmes’ cases? Robin to solve all of Batman’s cases?

It would be ridiculous for anyone to suggest such a thing, so why is it okay to want to see the Doctor be undermined for his sidekick, just because he is a man?

Lets imagine that I constantly complained about the fact that Xena was a female hero with a male sidekick, Joxer. Imagine I constantly said that it was awful the way that Xena, the main hero saved the day, and not Joxer, and went on about how awful it was that Xena was a woman.

The Depressing Disappointing Maleness Of Doctor Who

“The Depressing Disappointing Femaleness of Xena the Warrior Princess.” Yeah I would look like I had a problem with the fact that a woman was the main hero if I wrote an article like that. Now imagine I was demanding that all the female roles in Xena be replaced with men too, and insulting the female fanbase as “whiny little bitches”.

I would rightfully be viewed as a sexist who couldn’t stand women on tv in leading roles. At the same time if I didn’t want Xena to constantly be degraded, and undermined as the lead in her own show for her sidekicks simply because of her gender, and for all of the strong female roles in the show to be changed into men, simply because some men were apparently uncomfortable at the thought of them remaining women. I don’t think that anyone would view me as a sexist.

So lets cease this double standard then. The real sexists are the people who evidently had a problem with a strong male character on tv. Whovian Feminism who couldn’t stand seeing 11 carrying Amy Pond to safety because for once the man was in the heroic position.

I have 0 problems with watching Xena save Joxer, Buffy save Xander, (in fact I’m consistent. I said that I thought it was quite crap in the Buffy finale the way that basically Spike saved the day, as it was Buffy’s show. I don’t like the main hero being undermined regardless of gender as its silly.)

I don’t have a problem with this pose. A woman standing at the front as the hero, whilst the man cowers behind her. Doesn’t make me think the producers hate men, doesn’t make me feel threatened as a man. I love the show and I think Lucy Lawless is easily as good a genre lead as William Shatner and Tom Baker.

Yet feminists actually had a problem with this poster, cited it as proof that Steven Moffat is sexist, claimed it was reinforcing harmful attitudes towards women.

See here. Problematic Posters For Doctor Who Series 8

Yeah it seems to me that the female Doctor advocates are the true sexists here. They actually feel threatened when a hero isn’t the same gender as they are.

9/ Its Part Of A Bigger Drive By The BBC To Get Rid Of Roles For White Men

The BBC in order to bring greater diversity to their co-operation have begun to fire white men from jobs that they earned through their own hard work.

Now Presenter Fired For Being White And Man

Autumn Watch Presenter Sidelined For Being Too White

I honestly do not think that representation matters. I think that you can get anywhere you want provided you are good or lucky enough, or know someone.

Also its not only bigoted to fire people for the colour of their skin and gender (its fucking textbook bigotry.) But its also extremely condescending to women and minorities to basically say the only way they can succeed is if we rig the competition for them.

With this in mind you cans see how a female Doctor fits into this. Basically lets not hire men for any more leading roles.

10/ They Haven’t Actually Got A Reason For Wanting A Female Doctor

Its quite incredible that for the past 30 years not one person has been able to give a reason as to why a female Doctor should happen. Every single reason that I have seen from the most passionate female Doctor advocates like Richard H Cooper and Whovian Feminism are incredibly weak, and indeed they have all been torn apart multiple times.

Yet they’ll still be trotted out later without trying to offer any kind of counter argument to the previous rebuttals.

Here honestly tell me in the comments below if you have ever seen any argument for a female Doctor that wasn’t one of the following lazy, poorly thought out arguments.

1/ It will be a change and all change is good. Right so that’s why the half human bit in the 96 movie, the 6th Doctors coat, 6 choking Peri, 7 acting like a clown in season 24, the new Dalek Paradigm, and “I don’t want to go” were all such massive successes with fans and audiences right?

Doctor Who has a very flexible formula that can allow it to change if need be, but there has to be a reason. With Hartnell to Troughton, there was a reason. Hartnell was too ill, it was the only way the show could go on, it technically didn’t contradict much, as nothing had been revealed about the Doctors race, and home planet.

Similarly setting the show on earth for large periods in Pertwee’s time was so that it could reconnect with audiences after a ratings drop, by being in more familiar surroundings.

Now if someone could come up with an actual story reason as to why a female Doctor was a good idea, and why it was vital to the survival of the show then fair enough. But so far its just been a generic “all change is good.”

2/ Sydney Newman wanted it and he was the creator of Doctor Who. Okay first of all Sydney Newman wasn’t the sole creator of Doctor Who.

Second of all Newman didn’t always want what was right for the show. This is the same man who hated the Daleks and didn’t want to do the first Dalek story. Newman by his own admission “really tore” into Verity Lambert the day after he saw the first Dalek story screaming “YOU’VE RUINED IT!” by including the Daleks, what ended up becoming the greatest icon from the series!

He also hated Patrick Troughton, and didn’t want him cast. He also was ironically the one who botched Susan’s initial characterisation to the point where Carole Anne Ford left the show, and wanted the show to be nothing but an educational series for children.

Ironically the very things that made Doctor Who so popular in the first place, and ensured its longevity, the Daleks, the monsters, stories about aliens, and casting Patrick Troughton, were ALL vetoed by Sydney Newman. On top of that his ideas to reinvent the show in the 80’s were terrible too. They included first of all, ironically turning the Doctor back into Patrick Troughton, then into a woman, and giving him a trumpet playing hippie with John Lennon glasses.

Needless to say saying Newman wanted it isn’t the best argument for what should happen in the show over 20 years after he died, when most of his ideas were lets be honest. Shit!

3/ It will finally give women a chance to be the hero. As we have been over all this argument does is just show that the person making it has 0 interest in female led series as there are dozens and dozens out there, and even within the Doctor Who universe as we have covered, there are at least THREE Time Lady characters set up who could be heroes in their own series.

4/ The Doctor is a shapeshifter so he can be a woman. Since when did shapeshifter equal genderless? Mystique? Martian Manhunter? Both of these characters are much more extreme shapeshifters than the Doctor, should they automatically change gender?

If a character has no gender then they have to have been written that way before hand or else its just jarring. Nothing about the Doctor suggests he is genderless which leads to my next point.

5/ Its canon. Yeah except for almost 50 years across all forms of Doctor Who media, it was NEVER said that they could regenerate into the opposite gender. It was only a few years ago when Matt Smith mentioned the Corsair.

As I have said before that would be like me coming in, taking over Doctor Who and having it that Time Lords can regenerate into Dinosaurs and then acting like its always been canon. I could use the same argument. “Well they never said that they couldn’t change into Dinosaurs did they?” And hey they didn’t, but obviously given how Time Lords and Time Lady’s acted, its pretty obvious that that wasn’t the case.

Also just because its canon doesn’t mean it HAS to happen. The TARDIS can change shape too remember. Unlike gender bending Time Lords which was put in at the behest of a self loathing fanboy, bullied by feminists, this has been there from the start.

So why then is the TARDIS still a police box? If all change is good and its canon and Sydney Newman wanted it and he did. He wanted the chamelion circuit to work originally, but the budget wouldn’t allow it so they settled on a police box. PS yet another icon of the series that Newman didn’t want.

So then why don’t we change the TARDIS every week and do away with the police box permanently?

6/ I and every other person who doesn’t want a female Doctor is a racist, a sexist, transphobic and homophobic too. Yeah I don’t have to point out how stupid this one is do I?

All of these arguments are so flimsy that I refuse to believe that any pro female Doctor person actually believes them. And these are the best they could dredge up. They’ve had about 30 years since Tom Baker first said in an interview (as a joke to wind up John Nathan Turner.) Yet this is the best they’ve got?

There has to be a reason these people care so much about making the Doctor be a woman, and given the anti men sentiment so many of them have expressed, coupled with the level of misandry in Doctor Who itself as of late, I am inclined to believe that the reason these people wanted a female Doctor was again just to stick it to the male viewers.

Conclusion

As you can see the motive behind casting Jodie Whitaker was really nothing more than spite against male viewers. There were alternatives that could have created a happy compromise for all viewers, like a Romana, a Jenny, or a Susan spin off.

Added to that the majority of, at least the most high profile people who wanted a female Doctor (and who most likely had an influence on the show itself.) Seemed far more interested in “annoying the right people” than they did in Doctor Who itself.

Also many of the most high profile supporters have exhibited clear prejudices towards men many times.

Finally the fact that all male roles in the series have been slowly phased out, mixed in with the fact that there are NO attempts to replace female characters with male counterparts shows that it is all one way directed towards removing strong male characters from tv.

For all of these reasons I refuse to even watch a second of Jodie Whittakers era. I have always disliked the idea of a female Doctor yes, but to be fair if it had happened under different circumstances then I would have at least given her a go, but its the reasons that this already terrible change happened that actually anger me.

Like I said before the 13th Doctor, Missy and the whole Peter Capaldi era represent bullies getting their own way. They demonstrate how sadly in modern society if you shriek the loudest, are willing to actually slander people like Steven Moffat, Peter Davison and famous Doctor Who fan Ian Levine who has also been derided as a sexist and a bigot after his outburst against Jodie’s casting on twitter. Then you’ll get your own way, regardless of how stupid it is.

To those of you who still want to watch it, and aren’t anti men bigots then good luck to you. I hope you do enjoy it, but for me this is the end of Doctor Who.

I will of course still watch the classic episodes and the new who stories from the past I do enjoy, but sadly Doctor Who officially belongs to the anti men bigots, the spoiled brats who always have to get their own way, and the bullies who call anyone who disagrees with them sexists and so it certainly isn’t the show for me anymore.

Thanks for reading.

In the words of Ian Levine. “He can fuck off!”

 

Doctor Who Reviews/ The Evil of the Daleks

The final Dalek story of the 1960’s. The Evil of the Daleks has a somewhat more surrealist, even whimsical aspect to it, though it would also set down many tropes and ideas that later Dalek stories (particularly those of Big Finish and the New Series) would use.

Sadly all but the second episode is missing from the archives though much like The Power of the Daleks its reputation is still high among Doctor Who fans, with it even being voted the greatest Doctor Who story ever made in a poll taken for the 30th anniversary.

Premise

The Doctors TARDIS is stolen in London in 1966. The Doctor and his companion Jamie are able to track the perpetrator down, a man named Edward Waterfield who sells Victorian clocks.

At his shop they discover an advanced, seemingly alien machine at the back, as well as the dead body of a man named Kennedy who appears to have died in the most terrible agony.

Before the Doctor can investigate further however, he and Jamie are knocked out by gas and whisked away 100 years into the past by Waterfield.

There Waterfield reveals why he stole the TARDIS and what his plan is. Waterfield and his friend Maxtible were experimenting with time travel technology which eventually created a portal to another time and world, Skaro!

The Daleks arrived through the portal and captured Edward’s daughter, Victoria who they threatened to kill unless he helped to lure the Doctor into a trap by capturing his TARDIS.

The Daleks threaten to destroy the Doctors TARDIS unless he helps them with their latest experiment. The Daleks have always been defeated by human beings and believe that it is because of certain traits that human beings have. The Daleks call this “the human factor” and wish to isolate it from humans in experiments and transfer it into themselves.

With no other options the Doctor is forced to help the Daleks and even performs experiments on their human captives, Victoria and Jamie.

The Doctor eventually is able to isolate the human factor and transplant it into three Daleks. The Daleks develop human emotions, become happy, caring and even come to see the Doctor as their friend.

The Doctor gives the three Daleks names, Alpha, Beta and Omega. Whilst Edward Waterfield only serves the Daleks reluctantly, Maxtible is willingly working for them as they have promised him the secret of alchemy.

The Doctor plans to spread the human factor like a virus throughout the Dalek race in the hopes that it will lead to a civil war that will destroy them.

However his plan fails and he is captured by the Daleks and taken back to Skaro (along with Waterfield, Maxtible, Jamie and Victoria.) the Emperor reveals that he no longer wants the human factor. Considering the experiment a failure after Omega, Alpha and Beta became too compassionate. The Emperor instead wants the Doctor to implant the Dalek factor (which makes the Daleks evil, xenophobic, and ruthless) into the human race throughout all of history which will wiping humanity from existence.

Once again with no other options the Doctor is forced to help the Daleks. The Doctor is able to isolate the Dalek factor which the Daleks then transplant into Maxtible. Maxtible comes to think and behave exactly like a Dalek just as they hoped. 

The Daleks then plan to implant the Dalek factor into the Doctor himself, in order to make him their servant. Their plan however fails as the Doctor programes the machine to make sure the Dalek factor only infects humans. 

The Doctor however pretends to be loyal to the monsters and works against them from within. Freeing the three humanized Daleks, the Emperor becomes scared that the human factor will spread. The Doctor tells the Emperor to send all Daleks through the Dalek factor machine to which the Emperor agrees.

Unfortunately for the Daleks, the Doctor reprogrames the machine to infect all of the Daleks who go through it with the human factor.

The humanized Daleks soon turn on the rest of their kind and a massive civil war erupts. The Doctor, Jamie and Victoria escape to the hills of Skaro where the TARDIS is. Sadly Edward Waterfield is killed whilst saving the Doctor from a Dalek. The Doctor promises Waterfield that he will look after his daughter.

As the city of the Daleks erupts in flames and the Emperor is seemingly exterminated, the Doctor comments to Jamie on how he believes he has seen the final end of the Daleks.

Review

The Evil of the Daleks is overall deserving of its status as a classic story, but I do think its flawed somewhat, particularly when compared with the previous Troughton Dalek adventure.

The Evil of the Daleks was intended to be the final ever appearance of the monsters in Doctor Who, and whilst I am of course glad that it wasn’t, it would have been a brilliant send off for them if it did, and still serves as quite a good ending for the 60’s Dalek stories.

Evil takes us deeper into the monsters psychology, as well as their society and how they function than any other before. We see their chain of command, the Emperor and how they deal with members of their kind who are different.

Before we have only ever seen the Daleks persecute other life forms, but showing them turn on and actually exterminate members of their own kind was a nice twist that made them seem even more horrifying. It also helped to explain why the Daleks were so uniform, and also helps to set up why the monsters are doomed for extinction as ultimately any race or society or belief system that can’t look inward and change when it has too will eventually stagnate and die.

The idea of a Dalek being infected with humanity is an interesting concept, and one which many later stories particularly in the revival, such as Dalek, Into the Dalek and Journey’s End would explore too. Though David Whitaker had explored the idea of a humanized Dalek in The One in A Million Dalek comic story much earlier, Evil marked the first time this idea was explored in the television series itself.

The creatures are also at their sneaky and manipulative best in this story too. We get to see them twist the minds of various people, good and evil over the course of the story. With Waterfield they can recognise that he would never help them willingly so they threaten to hurt the person he loves the most to get him to serve them. Maxtible however fulfils the Mavic Chen type role of being the devious, self serving human who thinks he can use the Daleks for his own ends, but they play on his greed instead.

The interactions between the Doctor and the Daleks are also particularly strong in this story. I think this adventure and Power of the Daleks really helped to shape the kind of Doctor Patrick Troughton ended up being.

When you look at other stories in season 4, Pat’s Doctor tends be a more lighter version of William Hartnell. A crazy old uncle/ grandfather type figure, fond of name dropping all of the famous people he has known throughout history.

However in these two stories we see the Second Doctor become a more manipulative and sly individual, often putting on a bumbling facade and even resorting to lying to his companions too.

This would carry over into stories like Tomb of the Cybermen, The Web of Fear and The War Games and really became the dominant characteristic of Troughton’s Doctor that would also in turn carry over into later Doctors too such as Sylvester McCoy and Matt Smith.

I don’t think the Second Doctors manipulative side however was ever more effective than it was against the Daleks. The Daleks were the only enemies who were a match for the Doctor, as they knew all of his tricks. Thus he would often be forced to go the extra mile against the monsters.

You can see that in Evil the way the Doctor and the Daleks use everyone around them like pieces on a chessboard and are constantly trying to stay one step ahead of each other.

The supporting cast of the story is very strong too. John Bailey is excellent as Edward Waterfield, who is a truly tragic character,

Despite the bad things he does you never lose your sympathy for him as Bailey always gives the character a real gravitas, and its brilliant the way the character is able to find redemption at the end when he sacrifices himself to save the Doctor. The final scene where the Doctor promises the dying Waterfield that he will look after is very touching. Victoria Waterfield played by the late Deborah Watling also gets a strong start.

Some fans have knocked her character for not being strong enough, but personally I think this is unfair. After all how do you expect a young, pampered Victorian woman to react to being menaced by monsters?

I always thought Victoria had a more interesting backstory due to losing her father under such tragic circumstances. On the one hand the last few things he did such as kidnapping the Doctor, and even covering up the Daleks murder of Kennedy were terrible which made his loss even more painful for Victoria as we see in the next story Tomb of the Cybermen, but on the other he only did them out of love for Victoria, and in the end he did give his life for the Doctor, so there is at least that comfort for her.

I also loved her relationship with both the Doctor and Jamie. We got to see a softer side to both characters in the way they take such an instant liking to Victoria and become very protective of her.

I always thought that Victoria served as quite a good surrogate for Susan, whilst at the same time the Doctor would have been a surrogate for her father, (both eccentric, doddering old scientists obsessed with time travel.)

The sets and production values for this story are also among the best for any 60’s adventure. The Dalek Emperor is a truly spectacular prop and its destruction at the end of the story is a thrilling sequence as the monster pitifully begs its own subordinates to try and see reason and stop fighting or else the Dalek race will be destroyed.

In a way it reminds me of Davros later begging the Daleks for mercy in Genesis.

Despite these strengths however Evil is still let down by the fact that its just a bit too long. I think it drags when the Daleks make the Doctor perform their experiments. It picks up again when the main characters get to Skaro, but overall much like the first Dalek story it could definitely be an episode shorter.

Also some of the moments of comedy in the story are a bit too overt too.

Still overall The Evil of the Daleks is a classic, highly influential story and a great end to the 60’s Dalek saga.

Notes and Trivia

  • This is part of a trilogy of stories that all link into each other. At the end of The Faceless Ones the preceding story, the Doctor and Jamie discover that the TARDIS has been stolen which leads into The Evil of the Daleks. At the start of the next story the Tomb of the Cybermen meanwhile, The Doctor, Jamie and Victoria are still shown to be on Skaro before they take off for the next adventure.
  • Ian Levine attempted to animate all of the missing episodes for this story, but sadly his version has not been made available to a wide audience as of the writing of this article.
  • Though this was the last Dalek story of the 60’s the monsters would go on to make a cameo appearance in the Second Doctors last story The War Games.
  • Terry Nation the creator of the Daleks hated this story and said that if he had known about it when it was being made he would have pulled the plug on it.
  • Many aspects of this story pop up in future Dalek adventures such as the idea of Daleks being infected with humanity (Dalek, Into the Dalek) the merging of Daleks and humans (Revelation of the Daleks, The Parting of the Ways.) A Dalek civil war (Remembrance of the Daleks) and finally the Emperor of the Daleks (The Parting of the Ways.) Certain bits of dialogue such as the Doctors “final end” also pop up in future Dalek stories such as Victory of the Daleks.
  • Patrick Troughton named this as one of his favourite stories.
  • Fraser Hines who played Jamie has said that he was always desperate for the Daleks to show up as he had enjoyed watching stories with them before he was cast. Sadly for Fraser this marked the only time they appeared during his three year long stint as the companion.

Why William Shatner Has Done More For Social Justice Than Any SJW

Okay now I know I am a little late to this, but still I feel I had to comment on it.

Recently William Shatner provoked outrage among the regressive left when he posted a series of tweets bashing SJW’s.

Now I have always been a massive fan of William Shatner. The original Star Trek series is still my favourite incarnation of Star Trek, but my respect for him just went up even further after this.

As many of my regular readers will know I feel that the SJW’s have had their talons locked around the sci fi and fantasy genres for the past few years. They ALWAYS have to take over everything they become “fans” of. Famous examples of this include Doctor Who, Ghostbusters and both Marvel and DC.

Sadly however whilst most people hate the influence these people are having on things like Doctor Who and Ghostbusters. (As evidenced by the fact that all the SJW versions of these formerly beloved franchises like Doctor Who, Marvel and DC have all to the last been huge flops.)

Figures Reveal Sharp Decline In Viewers For Doctor Who

Marvel and DC Suffer Slump in Sales

Virtually no one within the entertainment industry at least has spoken out against them. The reason for that is simply because the SJW’s are bullies who will slander anyone who disagrees with them and may even finish their careers.

Peter Davison who played the 5th Doctor for instance merely said that people should go a bit easier on those who are unhappy with a female Doctor and was chased off of twitter as a result.

See here. Peter Davison Quits Twitter After Female Doctor Comments

Tim Allen meanwhile in this clip points out how anyone in Hollywood who is even remotely pro Trump is treated like a Jew in 1930’s Germany.

Of course it later cost him his career.

Things aren’t any better for women either.

Nicole Kidman similarly tweeted that since Trump is our President now we better just get behind him. She didn’t even say that she had voted for him, or that she thought he would be a good President, just that at this stage there is no point in complaining about something we can’t change.

Kidman subsequently had to endure a barrage of abusive tweets, including ironically from Anita Sarkeesian fanboy Joss Whedon, who mocked Kidman’s appearance.

Remember kids the feminist thing to do is call a woman who disagrees with you a turd and mock her appearance.

Then of course any woman who says that she isn’t a feminist is often bullied and forced to say she is one, like Taylor Swift.

So with this in mind first of all I think its incredibly brave of William Shatner to not only say anything even remotely negative about SJW’s, but to do so in such a blunt, aggressive way too.

Also I think its brilliant that not only has such a major figure from the sci fi genre come out and stood up for geek culture by attacking the biggest threat to it. But the fact that William Shatner was also someone who did combat genuine racism, sexism and prejudice in the entertainment industry just further highlights how the SJW’s are not true progressives, but mere posers.

William Shatner starred in one of the most progressive series ever made, Star Trek. It featured a Japanese man a few decades after World War 2, a Russian at the height of the cold war paranoia and a black woman during the height of the civil rights movement among the main cast.

Shatner’s character Captain Kirk also had the first ever interracial kiss in the history of American drama. Both he and Nichelle Nichols sabotaged attempts by the network to block the kiss too.

William Shatner on Interracial Kiss

In addition to Star Trek, William Shatner also starred in a Roger Corman film called The Intruder in 1962.

Based on the novel of the same name by Charles Beaumont, Shatner plays the villain of the piece Adam Cramer who attempts to whip up hatred against the black townspeople. At one point he even goes as far as to frame a black man for raping a young girl.

After Wrath of Khan I’d say its the greatest performance of Shatners career. He is every bit as good as the villain as he would later be as the hero.

The Intruder was a remarkable film. Released two years before the Civil Rights Act, it showed how easy it was to whip up racial violence, and the dangerous effect people like Cramer can have on communities.

Of course Shatner wasn’t the only famous entertainer who had helped to combat prejudice decades ago, but now viewed the modern day SJW’s with disdain.

The late great John Hurt in one of the last ever interviews he gave complained about how modern day society had become too politically correct and how angry he was that people can just decide something is offensive and that’s that its not open for discussion.

Sir John Hurt Slams Modern Society For Political Correctness

John Hurt starred in The Naked Civil Servant back in the 1970’s which told the life of Quentin Crisp, and much as The Intruder showed us the full extent of racism in 60’s America, then The Naked Civil Servant showed us the full extent of homophobia in British society.

Its very telling that people like John Hurt and William Shatner would view the modern day “progressives” as nothing more than posers and bullies.

These are people who did combat genuine prejudice within the entertainment industry and now they have to see a bunch of spoiled brats, who’ve never dealt with any kind of genuine prejudice, not only making words like racist, sexist and homophobic lose all meaning by applying them to everything, but also ironically employing genuinely racist and sexist attitudes and policies against people.

From barring all white men from being allowed to audition for a character like the Doctor, to calling all white people racist, to accusing all men of being privileged etc.

And on top of that they have the cheek to compare themselves to people from the 60’s a decade where combating racism wasn’t things like being upset over a Halloween costume, or tweeting about how much you hate Trump to your friends who all think EXACTLY the same way, but instead actually fighting to have equal rights.

So yes I now have even greater respect for William Shatner from not only standing up to these bullies, but also disassociating the true progressives from the modern day posers.

Of course Shatner has since been accused now of being a racist, a sexist, homophobic etc. Fortunately however anyone who has followed his career knows that Shatner has done more for true social justice than posers like these people

Will ever do.

 

 

 

 

Dinosaurs and Tall Tales

Hi just to let you know I have set up another website called Dinosaurs and Tall Tales. This will be original science fiction and fantasy stories. I’m still running my other blog “The Secret Lives of Vampire Killers”.

I’ve posted less content this year only because I am currently working on so many different stories and articles. I’ve definitely tried to take on too much this year, so with this in mind it might not seem like a good idea to set up a third website.

Still this will contain new and original stories by me that will not be part of the Vampires canon. Nothing will be on the site for a couple of months until I have finished the first few stories, but when it is I’d appreciate some feedback. ANY feedback is welcome as if I’m shit then you can tell me how to improve.

Thanks and see you soon.